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Siya Kolisi announces publication date for autobiography

The cover to Siya's autobiography due out 4 October


South Africa’s much loved national hero shares his excitement on social media at finally having a confirmed release date for his autobiography ‘Rise’.

Written with Boris Straling, a British novelist, screenwriter, and newspaper columnist, it will be published in South Africa by NB publishers on 4 October

Kolisi says of the publication: ‘There are so many parts of my story that haven’t been told and I feel it’s the perfect time to share these with the hope of inspiring and motivating anyone who has ever faced adversity. It was so important to me that my story was told from my own account and with the right publishing group. I’m thrilled to partner with HarperCollins on a creative project that we can both be proud of.’

In May 2018 Siya Kolisi was appointed captain of the Springboks, the first black test captain in the team’s 128-year history. His appointment was recognized worldwide as a pivotal moment in South African history. The following year he made history once more when he led his team to victory in the 2019 Rugby World Cup, beating England in the final to become the first black captain of a World Cup-winning side.

Kolisi’s life story is an extraordinary story of a young boy from an impoverished township in the Eastern Cape who went on to take the Springboks to their first World Cup final in 12 years and to lift rugby union's greatest accolade. Born to teenage parents, Kolisi was raised by his grandmother after the death of his mother when he was just 15. At the age of  12, he won a rugby scholarship to a prestigious local school, despite not being able to speak English at the time. Just ten years later, Kolisi led his team to victory on the world stage in one of the most inspirational success stories in sporting history. Kolisi’s story is one of stoicism, unification, and self-belief.

 

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