Kolisi & co maybe (pre-)Goats at Laureus awards


The Springboks – who achieved the impressive feat of winning two consecutive Rugby World Cup titles when they won the Webb Ellis Cup in France last year – and national captain Siya Kolisi were once again rewarded for their achievements by top Laureus -awards to be nominated.

The Springboks, who also won the Laureus World Team of the Year award after their World Cup victories in 2007 and 2019, have again been nominated for the same award.

They will face the Manchester City men’s soccer team, the Spanish women’s soccer team, the European Ryder Cup golf team, the Oracle Red Bull Racing Formula 1 team and Germany’s basketball team.

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Kolisi, who defied the odds by recovering from a serious knee injury he suffered in April to lead the Boks to their second consecutive Rugby World Cup title in October, has been nominated for the Laureus World Comeback of the Year award.

The Laureus Awards, which honor, recognize and celebrate the world’s greatest athletes, the inspirational power of sport and its ability to change lives, will be presented in April in Madrid.

Mark Alexander, SA Rugby President, is proud of the recognition the Springboks and Kolisi have received for their valiant efforts to become the first country to win the Rugby World Cup four times and congratulated them on their respective awards.

“The Springboks deserve every ounce of recognition they receive for their tremendous performance in France last year, and we are delighted to see them in line for the Laureus World Team of the Year award,” said Alexander.

“Their heroics on and off the pitch were remarkable, especially in light of their difficult road to the World Cup finals.

“But the victory in France was more than just an 80-minute rugby match. It was a triumph for South Africa – in nation-building and in social cohesion – and we hope that the effects of the Boks’ success will continue to radiate through the sport and spill over to other sporting codes in the coming years.”

Alexander also praised Kolisi who, after a dramatic recovery from a serious knee injury that many thought would derail his Rugby World Cup hopes, has been at the forefront of leading the team by example on the field thanks to hard work and intense rehabilitation. .

“Siya’s hard work and determination to recover for the World Cup, and the fact that he was able to achieve this feat beyond all doubt, was exceptional,” said Alexander.

“It takes a fighter to do something so remarkable, and that trip made it even more extraordinary to see him lift the cup for the second time in a row.

“We are very proud of the Springboks and Siya, and we wish them the best of luck for the award ceremony.”