Town - Springbok captain Siya Kolisi says
he is "feeling good" in his efforts to reach 100% match fitness ahead
of the 2019 World Cup opener
against the All Blacks in Yokohama on September 21.
Kolisi's participation at the
showpiece had been threatened by a serious knee injury that he picked up during
the 2019 Super Rugby season, but the 28-year-old recovered in time to be named
in coach Rassie Erasmus' 31-man squad that will leave for Japan on
Kolisi made his return in a 24-18 win over
Argentina at Loftos on August 17, where he started and played 50 minutes before
With time running out, Kolisi now
has just one match left to get fully fit for the All Blacks and that will come
when the Boks take on tournament hosts Japan in a warm-up fixture in Kumagaya
on September 6.
Kolisi knows that he still has
some hard work ahead in the next few weeks to reach prime condition, but he
believes he is on the right track.
"I'm feeling really
good," he said at a press briefing in Johannesburg on Thursday on the eve
of the squad's departure to Japan.
"I was really worried about
it (the injury) at the time and I was under a lot of pressure from myself after
watching the other guys play.
"The great thing is that I
was with the squad until they left for tour and coach kept me with the rest of
"I was watching the plays
and I was in team meetings, so I was quite involved, but it was just a waiting
period to see how the knee holds."
Kolisi says he was not overly
pleased with his performance in that match against the Pumas, but he was
delighted to get the game time under his belt.
"It held up very well. It
was obviously not the best (performance) but I was happy," he said.
"These past couple of weeks
have been helping, training-wise. We've got next week and the week after and
then hopefully I will get to where I need to be."
Kolisi, who has 42 Test caps to
his name, is expected to wear the No 6 jersey at the World Cup to form the
loose trio alongside Pieter-Steph du Toit and Duane Vermeulen.
31-man Rugby World Cup squad:
Schalk Brits (Bulls), Lood de
Jager (Bulls), Pieter-Steph du Toit (Stormers), Eben Etzebeth (Stormers),
Steven Kitshoff (Stormers), Vincent Koch (Saracens, England), Siya Kolisi
(captain, Stormers), Francois Louw (Bath, England), Frans Malherbe (Stormers),
Malcolm Marx (Lions), Bongi Mbonambi (Stormers), Tendai Mtawarira (Sharks), Franco
Mostert (Gloucester, England), Trevor Nyakane (Bulls), Kwagga Smith (Lions), RG
Snyman (Bulls), Duane Vermeulen (Bulls)
Lukhanyo Am (Sharks), Damian de
Allende (Stormers), Faf de Klerk (Sale Sharks, England), Warrick Gelant
(Bulls), Elton Jantjies (Lions), Herschel Jantjies (Stormers), Cheslin Kolbe
(Toulouse, France), Jesse Kriel (Bulls), Makazole Mapimpi (Sharks), S'bu Nkosi
(Sharks), Willie le Roux (Wasps, England), Handre Pollard (Bulls), Cobus
Reinach (Northampton Saints, England), Frans Steyn (Montpellier, France)