Life after victory: inside the world of Siya Kolisi


Siya Kolisi, the Springbok captain who led South Africa to victory in both the 2019 and 2023 Rugby World Cups, remains a towering figure both on and off the rugby field. His journey from humble beginnings in the township of Zwide, Port Elizabeth, to the pinnacle of international rugby is a story of resilience, dedication, and leadership.


Kolisi’s tenure as the Springbok captain, marked by leading South Africa to consecutive Rugby World Cup victories, has secured his place in Springbok history. However, following his move to Racing 92 in Paris, head coach Rassie Erasmus has cast doubt regarding Kolisi’s future as captain, emphasising a preference for a locally based leader.

Family and Foundation

Beyond the rugby field, Siya Kolisi’s life is deeply intertwined with his and his wife Rachel’s dedication to uplifting communities through their philanthropic efforts with the Kolisi Foundation, which was set up during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their work, addressing critical issues such as food insecurity and gender-based violence, showcases their commitment to societal improvement. 

The foundation continues to make an impact with endeavours such as the upcoming “Finding the Light” stage show in Cape Town. Featuring stars from Broadway and the West End and accompanied by the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, the event promises unforgettable performances, with all proceeds supporting the Kolisi Foundation.


The triumph of the World Cup has amplified Kolisi’s platform, attracting endorsements from global brands. Collaborating with Adidas, Kolisi launched the RS15 boot, celebrating a decade of professional achievement and his roots. This, along with endorsements from BOS Tea, Dove Men+Care, Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports, MTN, and Land Rover, has ensured that life after winning the World Cup has been busy for Kolisi. 

Life ahead

Siya Kolisi’s transition to Racing 92 opens a new professional chapter, marked by his readiness to embrace new challenges in the French Top 14 league. Aside from plenty of upcoming rugby fixtures, Kolisi envisions a life dedicated to his Foundation, aiming to deepen his impact on the communities that shaped him. His plans for retirement are rooted in a desire to give back, inspired by advice from sporting legends like David Beckham on preparing for life after sports. Kolisi has the intention to play for another five years, which gives him ample time to continue making his mark both as a player, before continuing as a philanthropist.