Full name Siyamthanda Kolisi
Born 16 June 1991 (age 25)
Zwide, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 105 kg (231 lb; 16 st 7 lb)
School(s) attended Grey High School
Playing position Loose forward
Current club Western Province / Stormers
2007–2009 Eastern Province Kings
2010–2012 Western Province
Years Team Apps† (Pts)†
2011–present Western Province 29 (35)
2012–present Stormers 76 (40)
2010–2011 South Africa U20 8 (10)
2013–present South Africa
Kolisi is known for his level-headed way of doing things yet it’s the more regular game-time that would be the real bonus.
The 25-year-old continues to be on the fringes of the national squad and hasn’t been able to nail down a place.
That’s partly down to his coaches not being sure what represents his best position.
Kolisi has been tried at No 6 to fulfill the role of a so-called “fetcher”, while others feel he’s more suited to being a ball-carrying blindside flanker.
Handing him the captain’s armband is the right way of helping him settle in a specific position, whichever one that may be.