Siyamthanda Kolisi, South Africa’s World-Cup-winning captain, was voted as 2019’s personality of Rugby Union Writers’ Club on Monday.
The twenty-eight-year-old flanker had won the prize after a poll of the Rugby Union Writers’ Club which consists of 200-plus members. This was ahead of RUWC dinner in London.
The winner of the Rugby Union Writers’ Club Pat Marshall award for 2020 goes to @Springboks captain Siya Kolisi.
Huge congratulations to Siya from all at the RUWC. pic.twitter.com/6MzVKsuvpU
— The Rugby Union Writers’ Club (@RUWCOfficial) January 13, 2020
The Springboks skipper made South Africa take a remarkable title at the World Cup in 2019 when England lost the finals in Japan.
Siya Kolisi, who is the current holder of the Pat Marshall Memorial Award after succeeding Ireland fly-half, Johnny Sexton, was appointed in 2018 as the Springbok’s first black Test captain.
Siya Kolisi is emulating the footsteps of remarkable personalities that have been recognised by the Rugby Union of Writers’ Club, such as, Johan Lomu, Lawrence Dallaglio, Lawrence Dallaglio, Martin Johnson, Dan Carter, and Gareth Edwards.
For the 2019 award, the names of several South Africans are listed in the list of nominees such as Rassie Erasmus: the head coach, Wales captain Alun Wyn, Japan talisman Michael Leitch, and scrum-half Faf de Klerk.
Siya Kolisi was named in New African magazine’s list of 100 Most Influential Africans in December 2018. He currently plays club rugby for Western Province in the Currie Cup and the Stormers in Super Rugby.
In 2010 and 2011 IRB Junior World Championships, Siya Kolisi competed as a member of South Africa under 20.
In the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Yokohama, Japan, Kolisi was the captain of the South African team and they had defeated England, making it South Africa’s third world cup win.