Springboks have broader purpose than winning trophies says captain Kolisi

Siya Kolisi, the captain of South Africa, stated this ahead of Saturday’s World Cup semifinal matchup against England at the Stade de France. “South Africa have a bigger purpose than winning trophies with a major social responsibility on their shoulders,” he added.

Because Kolisi is the first black Springbok captain, the team, which in the past was despised as a reminder of the apartheid era in South Africa, now has widespread support from all of the country’s diverse cultures.

He emphasized that the struggles of many of their fellow citizens had a greater impact on their cause during the tournament in France.

In a news conference on Thursday, he said, “It’s more purposeful when you don’t do something simply for yourself but include other individuals you don’t even know or have ever met when you start playing for others.

When you consider how many others would do everything to be where we are, it becomes much more difficult to quit.

“Because the bulk of our population is jobless and some don’t have houses, I feel that withholding anything from the team and myself would also defraud the rest of the household.

And the more we play and work, the more we can provide others with opportunities.

Nelson Mandela’s beaming celebration when South Africa won its maiden World Cup rugby match in 1995 was generally hailed as a defining milestone for the country’s fledgling democracy.

Four years ago, Their most recent victory, when they defeated England in Yokohama, brought joy and distraction from frustration about pervasive corruption, power outages, and a lack of job possibilities.

“I feel that instead of being trophy-driven, our team is purpose-driven. To motivate us to fight, we take that suffering and those tribulations and bear them with us, Kolisi continued.

“We know what the team has meant in the past, not just for unity in sport, but for our country in general and we use that to inspire us and to keep us going.”

According to him, a significant incentive was the support he had gotten from South Africa, mostly in the form of social media posts.

“I wish you could see all the love we receive from home, like the schoolchildren sending us videos of them singing various songs or people wearing the Springbok shirts to work on Fridays.

“And the lovely thing to observe is that those who cannot afford the jerseys wear something green or associated with the Springboks. And we see it; that will always be our driving force,” Kolisi continued.

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