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    Kolisi targets strong comeback

    2016-11-18 12:00

    Cape Town - Springbok and Stormers flank Siya Kolisi has stressed that there’s more to come from him next season.

    Kolisi showed great form on the field for the Stormers during Super Rugby earlier this year, which saw him seal his place in the starting loose forward combination in all three Tests for the Springboks against Ireland in June.

    However, the 25-year-old’s season suffered a premature end after he picked up an ankle injury during the Super Rugby playoff against the Chiefs at Newlands. The injury ruled him out of the Springboks’ Rugby Championship campaign and the current end-of-year tour to Europe.

    It was a tough blow to a player who was showing impressive form. However, Kolisi was mature in his response to his spell on the sidelines. He’s already planning to make a big impact next year.

    “The injury had very bad timing as I was building some great form. I will be the first to admit that I struggled for consistency in recent seasons, so I was very happy to show great improvement this year,” Kolisi told MyPlayers. “I had good confidence in my game before I suffered the injury, but I haven’t shown my full potential yet. I believe I can play even better.

    “Otherwise, I didn’t allow the setback to frustrate me. As you get older, you realise that injuries are part of the game and that everything happens for the reason. I’m lucky to have such a great family at home, who offered me so much support. I always enjoy spending time with them.

    “I’ve recently returned to full fitness, so I’m training with my Stormers team-mates. I missed playing the game. The hunger is definitely there. I’m preparing myself for a big season next year.”

    While busy with training, Kolisi is keeping a close eye on his Springbok team-mates in Europe, who he communicates with on a daily basis.

    “Yes, we all still chat often. The guys are going through a tough time right now, but I know we have what it takes to achieve the desired results,” said Kolisi. “We have a group of talented players. We just need to stand together and drive the team forward in the right direction.

    “The players also need to take a bigger responsibility. Not only in the Springbok team, but at Super Rugby level too. We need more South African teams qualifying for the playoffs and competing for the title, which will build confidence across the country. The coaches are working very hard, and in return, the players need to deliver on the field. We need to back each other.”

    Meanwhile, off the field, Kolisi is working on more exciting plans. He’s close to launching his first business with fellow Grey High School old boy and Western Province team-mate Tim Whitehead.

    “We’re launching an underwear band. It’s great to be part of this venture with Tim. It’s definitely been an interesting experience, which has taught me a lot,” said Kolisi. “The fashion industry is a challenging one as we have to go through so many design and planning meetings. We’re looking to roll out our products early next year.

    “I’m also looking to start a few other business ventures and community initiatives, which will give back to those in need. I’m very keen to partner with other rugby players as it’s good to create opportunities for each other together. It’s also important to be involved in things outside of rugby as our careers will come to an end eventually and we need to continue making a living.”

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