We had a chat with 23-year-old Stormers loose forward Siya Kolisi to get to know this young star performer a bit better, But we had to be quick to catch him – this up-and-coming legend and adidas ambassador is on the fast track to success.
- You’re from the Eastern Cape, where rugby enjoys massive support. What’s it like going back home as a Stormers regular and a Springbok?
It’s always great going back. All the people support me and always remind me where I came from. They always say they don’t miss a game in my township just to support me.
- You have been an adidas ambassador for a while now. What has this relationship meant to you?
It’s a dream come true. I get along with the team very well so it’s more than a normal sponsorship. I’m hoping this will carry on for a long time.
- You have a massive following. Does this add more pressure on you to perform on field?
There’s always pressure, but I use it as motivation. I’m very lucky to be playing in Cape Town, because the support is amazing there. It’s my new home now.
- Why do they call you “The Bear”?
(Big laugh) It’s because of the way I play.
- Tell us more about the Bombers Rugby Club?
Bombers is where it started for me. Since I was 8. I learnt a lot playing there and I’ll never forget the experience. African Bombers will always have a special place in my heart.
- Looking at the future, is having a crack at the 2015 Rugby World Cup title a big goal for you?
Yeah, it’s a big goal for me. But my first goal is to perform this year and take that form through to next year.
- Do you have any rituals before a big game?
Yeah, I do. I always put the left boot and sock first.
- Being a professional sportsman has a lot of challenges. How do you relax during your time off and take your mind off the game?
I’m always with my mates. Or chilling at home, having a braai. My favourite is shopping though.
- Injury is part and parcel of this game we all love. How do you cope with injury setbacks?
It’s tough, especially if you’re out for a long period. But I have good mates and teammates. So they always spend time with me and take my mind off rugby. I try to keep busy with things I can’t do when I’m playing.
- One item you always take with you on tour?
- Toughest opponent?
- Best touring destination?
- Best stadium to play at?
- What other sports do you follow?
Soccer (Liverpool), tennis and cricket.
- Favourite movie?
- Favorite band/artist?
- Finally, what would you say is your hidden talent?
(Laugh) I can dance a bit.