Siya Kolisi is one of the most important current references in South Africa. The first black captain of the Springboks, champion of the 2019 World Cup and absolute leader of rugby in his country.
At the launch of his book “Rise”, Kolisi spoke to the English medium The Guardian and revealed a hard and unknown past for everyone. This past not only shows enormous power of recovery and resilience on the part of the captain, but also gives a light of illusion to those who currently do not have a good time in South Africa.
“For a long time I did not know how to communicate,” he told The Guardian. “I am still learning today with my wife. That is why I wrote about my past in the book, my weaknesses, to tell the true story.”
Kolisi’s hardest moment was channeled with alcohol and he tells it this way in the book: “” He drank, whether he was happy or sad. Drinking was the only way I knew how to get over this ordeal. “
It was his way of overcoming his painful past, also marked by the death of his grandmother in his arms at the age of 9 or the violence suffered by his family (and in particular his mother, beaten by several men).
Rachel, his wife, advised him to see someone. It was then that she met Ben Schoeman, a Christian life coach. “Siya, you drink a lot, cheat on your wife, go to strip clubs … You post your faith on social media but you lie to yourself, as you lie to others.”
“He told me to stop drinking. At first it was difficult, but today I am not missing it,” said Siya Kolisi.