Siya Kolisi is seen during a training session in Cape Town, South Africa on September 7, 2020.
Siya Kolisi poses for a portrait at Red Bull Roots in Durban, South Africa, April 20, 2022


South Africa

South Africa



A dynamic and inspirational loose forward, South African national team captain Siya Kolisi has led his squad to two Rugby World Cup titles in succession.

Date of birth

16 June 1991

Place of birth

Port Elizabeth




South Africa

South Africa

Career start



Rugby (League/Union)

Siyamthanda ‘Siya’ Kolisi is at the forefront of South African rugby. The loose forward is the two-time World Cup-winning South African national team captain and also plays for the Sharks Super Rugby franchise.

Having represented his country in age-group World Cups, the man they call ‘The Bear’ burst onto the top-tier rugby scene in 2012 at just 20 years old, when he made his Super Rugby debut for the Stormers. A dynamic player, with a rare blend of speed and power, he's comfortable on both sides of the scrum and impressed many with a series of electric performances. He got injured late in that first season but bounced back in 2013, when, at the tender age of 21, he made his Springbok debut vs Scotland. He came off the bench early in the match and managed to put in a man-of-the-match performance. A sign of things to come.