JOHANNESBURG- Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus has announced that Siya Kolisi will captain the Springboks when they host England in South Africa next month.
Kolisi‚has captaincy experience after he captained the Stormers in Super Rugby‚ will be the first black Springbok skipper.
Erasmus said on Monday he was confident in Kolisi leadership qualities, having known him since he was a youngster.
Pieter-Steph du Toit will captain the side against Wales in Washington on June 2.
The announcement means that both men will captain the Springboks for the first time.
Springbok squad to face Wales
Forwards: Nizaam Carr (Stormers), Dan du Preez (Sharks), Pieter-Steph du Toit (capt, Stormers), Thomas du Toit (Sharks), Jason Jenkins (Bulls), Steven Kitshoff (Stormers), Wilco Louw (Stormers), Frans Malherbe (Stormers), Bongi Mbonambi (Stormers), Oupa Mohojé (Cheetahs), Ox Nche (Cheetahs) Sikhumbuzo Notshe (Stormers), Marvin Orie (Lions), Chiliboy Ralepelle (Sharks 23), Kwagga Smith (Lions), Akker van der Merwe (Sharks)
Backs: Curwin Bosch (Sharks), André Esterhuizen (Sharks), Warrick Gelant (Bulls), Travis Ismaiel (Bulls), Elton Jantjies (Lions), Jesse Kriel (Bulls), Makazole Mapimpi (Sharks), Embrose Papier (Bulls), Ivan van Zyl (Bulls), Cameron Wright (Sharks)
BREAKING! Siya Kolisi has been appointed to captain the Springboks in the Castle Lager Incoming Series against England next month, while Pieter-Steph du Toit will lead the side against Wales in Washington. Both men will captain the Springboks for the first time. #LoveRugby pic.twitter.com/rcy3jPgnbt
— South African Rugby (@Springboks) May 28, 2018
— Adriaan Basson (@AdriaanBasson) May 28, 2018
The first black Springbok captain. 👏👏 Well done to Siya Kolisi. pic.twitter.com/fIML0Delsl
— Chumani Gugwini (@chumani_gugwini) May 28, 2018
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