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From humble beginnings, amidst the poverty of Zwide township in the Eastern Cape, there emerged a rugby star, who’s inspiring an entire generation of players. From township kid who had to make his way at Grey College, without being able to speak a word of English, to rugby star, father, and aspiring fashion entrepreneur, Siya Kolisi shares his remarkable story.

Hear how hard work, humility, and a desire to grab every opportunity contributed to his success.


“When I got to Grey you had everything, you could dream of anything you wanted to be, so I started dreaming differently, I started believing I could make it."

Siya Kolisi

“I had to learn the tough way, because I couldn’t speak a word of English. I used to run away from all the white boys, I wouldn’t speak English, but after a while I said I’ve got to embrace this opportunity."

Siya Kolisi

“Always try and use whatever struggle you have to motivate you to get out of it, to be somebody."

Siya Kolisi

“I go back to my old school and I tell those kids ‘I was sitting where you were sitting, and you can make it!"

Siya Kolisi

This article first appeared on LeadSA : Meet Siya Kolisi: The Multi-Skilled Springbok Star

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