Siya Kolisi

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 The England scrum is pushed back during the World Cup final  in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Who saw that coming? Not me, for starters. The final produced a match that couldn’t really have been anticipated. England never got going, weren’t al(...)

 Faf de Klerk, Mazakole Mapimpi and Tendai Mtawarira celebrate after the Rugby World Cup final win over England at International Stadium Yokohama in Tokyo, Japan. Photograph:  Juan Jose Gasparini/Gallo Images/Getty Images

South Africa 32 England 12 Entering the last 15 minutes of South Africa’s third final, it seemed the Boks were set to complete a third World Cup triu(...)

Springboks skipper Siya Kolisi withSouth Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty

And that’s a wrap. Just over seven weeks since it began with Japan’s 30-10 win against Russia on September 20th, the 2019 Rugby World Cup has come to (...)

Siya Kolisi lifts the Webb Ellis Cup. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty

Rugby World Cup final: England 12 South Africa 32 The Springboks are the deserving world champions for a third time, thereby joining the All Blacks a(...)

 England’s Maro Itoje  is tackled by Nepo Laulala of New Zealand during their World Cup  semi-final  at International Stadium, Yokohama. Photograph:  Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Last Monday, Maro Itoje turned 25. That’s almost worth repeating several times for he has already won more than the vast majority of players, even leg(...)

Owen Farrell is clapped off the pitch by the All Blacks after their semi-final victory. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty

At the outset of this World Cup there was a feeling that a third New Zealand win in succession would not be great for the game. Yet the way they playe(...)

South Africa’s captain Siya Kolisi celebrates his side’s victory over Wales at International Stadium Yokohama. Photograph: Ashley Western/PA Wire

It’s impossible, from this juncture anyway, to ascertain the social significance of Siya Kolisi potentially captaining the Springboks to victory in ne(...)

Faf de Klerk of South Africa celebrates his side winning a penalty to secure victory over Wales during the Rugby World Cup  semi-final  at International Stadium Yokohama on Sunday. Photograph: Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images

Fittingly perhaps, England will be faced by South Africa in next Saturday’s World Cup final, in a reprise of the 2007 decider. But while the Springbok(...)

South Africa’s president Nelson Mandela handing the William Webb trophy  to  South Africa’s captain Francois Pienaar  in Johannesburg  in 1995. Photograph: Jean-Pierre Muller/AFP via Getty Images

It will forever remain the single most iconic image in the history of Rugby World Cups and, perhaps, the game itself. Nelson Mandela handing over the (...)

(From L to R) South Africa’s Siya Kolisi, Tendai Mtawarira, hooker Bongi Mbonambi and  Frans Malherbe line up before the quarter-final win over Japan. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty

Bongi Mbonambi believes South Africa’s rapid rise under Rassie Erasmus from laughing stock to World Cup contenders is down to the coach’s willingness (...)

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