Springbok Siya Kolisi is in devastating form. He and Rachel Kolisi have a new baby on the way and with besties Scarra Ntubeni and Kirsten Amserdam, they joined us for a break from the action and some perspective on rugby, life and friendship.
Siya was injured when he married Rachel last year but since he wed the marketing executive from Grahamstown, he has returned to captain The Stormers and become an indispensable force for the Springboks. In any spare time, relaxing with Mrs. Kolisi tops his list, so that’s what we did.
The couple had a brief honeymoon in Victoria Falls last year and while their dream is to travel as many African countries as they can, discovering South Africa is just as exciting.
Joining the Kolisis were great friends and fellow Western Province rugby couple Kirsten Amsterdam and Scarra Ntubeni.
The Marataba Trails Lodge is eco-friendly, solar-powered getaway which makes the most of the local wood and stone, incorporating it into a modern design which merges surprisingly well with its surroundings The lodge proves that green building techniques and contemporary design go very well together.
With the identity of the Springbok game in a time of transition and with European clubs hunting our best natural talent with pounds and Euros, strong personalities are needed to keep our rugby moving forward. Siya is passionate about offering more young South Africans opportunities to play and the right nutrition is a big part of development. Whatever your diet, injuries are a part of the sport and as one of the best hookers in the game, Scarra has seen his share. It’s the only factor keeping him from playing in the green and gold.
With their fearsome comeback against the All Blacks at Newlands, last Saturday, Siya and the Springboks have shown their mettle and South Africa cannot wait to see more.
The man is rolling thunder every time he takes the field and here’s to him dishing out more of that to Ireland, France and Wales – this November.