Cape Town - On Saturday, Siya Kolisi will captain the Springboks for the 10th time when they take on England at
wins from 9 so far, Kolisi could do
with a successful European tour over the next month where fixtures against
France, Scotland and Wales await.
The hype that surround Kolisi's appointment as captain
at the start of the year was understandable given that he was the country's
first black Bok skipper.
It was a lot to take in, but now that Kolisi has
settled into the role he is much clearer in terms of what is expected from him.
"I can't change who I am. I've had to carry on
being myself," he said from Twickenham on Friday.
"I obviously have a responsibility off the
field but on the field my responsibility is to perform ... that's what I've
been focusing on. The main focus has been making sure I deliver every time I
play on Saturday."
Kolisi described himself as a "chilled"
captain who doesn't often engage in screaming matches in the dressing room.
"I have a lot of leaders in my team. There is
no point me trying to control everything and I believe in shared
leadership," he said.
"There are some guys who know things that I
don't know, so I let the guys take control where they can so that we can all
grow as people. Everybody has a voice in the team. The coach is not only
creating players but leaders."
There are three previous Bok captains starting
Saturday's clash in Eben Etzebeth, Warren Whiteley and Pieter-Steph du
Kick-off is at 17:00 (SA
15 Elliot Daly, 14
Jack Nowell, 13 Henry Slade, 12 Ben Te’o, 11 Jonny May, 10 Owen Farrell
(co-captain), 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Mark Wilson, 7 Tom Curry, 6 Brad Shields, 5
George Kruis, 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Dylan Hartley (co-captain), 1
Jamie George, 17 Ben Moon, 18 Harry Williams, 19 Charlie Ewels, 20 Zach Mercer,
21 Danny Care, 22 George Ford, 23 Chris Ashton
15 Damian Willemse,
14 S’bu Nkosi, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10
Handre Pollard, 9 Ivan van Zyl, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Duane Vermeulen, 6 Siya
Kolisi (captain), 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2
Malcolm Marx, 1 Steven Kitshoff
Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Thomas du Toit, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 RG Snyman, 20 Lood de
Jager, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 André Esterhuizen