Siya Kolisi tackles a bag during Stormers' pre-season training in Cape Town, South Africa on September 7, 2020.
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Rugby hits restart in South Africa and Stormers' Siya Kolisi is ready

South Africa's inspirational captain on how he's come through lockdown and how he feels about the restart of the rugby season.
Written by Jazz Kuschke
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Siya Kolisi played only his second game of the season, (indeed, his first full game since the Rugby World Cup final after he was injured in the Stormers’ opening match of Super Rugby against the Hurricanes) when the Cape Town team beat the Lions on Saturday, 26 September.
The captain scored a try during the victory, signalling his return to form after the long layoff due to injury and then lockdown.
Siya Kolisi is seen during a training session in Cape Town, South Africa on September 7, 2020.

Full focus on what lies ahead

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"Lockdown has been interesting," Kolisi said in a recent interview. "The family time has been really good – I spent a lot of time with my wife, kids and siblings obviously."
According to Kolisi, It wasn't all good however. "At the same time I was able to travel around South Africa with the foundation and it was really tough to see how a lot of South Africans were living through this."
Kolisi was inspired to work even harder through his and wife Rachel's foundation. Their vision is to change the narrative of inequality for people in vulnerable and disadvantaged communities by providing assistance and opportunities through partnerships.
Aside from his work in the communities, Kolisi also worked hard on his fitness and rehab of his knee injury during the downtime. All aimed at making a big start when the season resumes.
Siya Kolisi bench pressing in the gym during a training session in Cape Town, South Africa on September 7, 2020.

In the gym

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"I was keeping fit during lockdown in my home gym," he said.
"I'm fortunate to have a great set-up at home and what I learned about my fitness is that it is a lifestyle – something you do all the time as part of life – and you need people around you to be a part of it and to train with you. It so was nice to train with my wife and kids and siblings during lockdown."
Siya Kolisi is seen during a training session in Cape Town, South Africa on September 7, 2020.

Siya Kolisi

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It so was nice to train with my wife and kids and siblings during lockdown
At the Stormers they've also been working hard, all in line with the very strict social-distancing protocols. "We’ve been working hard during lockdown in small groups. That’s also been tough, seeing your team-mate but not being able to interact with him."
According Kolisi he misses the team banter a lot, as well as going through 'tough times on the field' with his team-mates, something he's looking forward to doing for the rest of the season after the team's win on Saturday.