Siya Kolisi is proof that one can be anything they set their mind on irrespective of the challenges they face. The highly successful player had quite a difficult childhood as he was born to teenage parents who could barely support themselves. More so, with the death of his mother when he was only 15, he was left in the care of his paternal grandmother who has also passed away.
Against all odds, the Springboks captain has now carved an enviable niche for himself in South African sports. The 31-year-old athlete is the first black man to serve as captain of South Africa’s national rugby team in an international match. As of now, his net worth is estimated at $2 million and that does not come as a surprise as he has put a lot of hard work into his career right from his budding years.
Tracing The Springbok Captain’s Career Trajectory From A Young Age
Siya Kolisi started playing rugby at the age of 7 while at Emsengeni Primary School as he joined the African Bombers Rugby Club, a local rugby team in the area. Kolisi’s impressive skills earned him a spot at Grey Junior in Port Elizabeth at the age of 12. At Grey Junior, he was part of the school’s rugby team and later proceeded to the prominent Grey High in Port Elizabeth on scholarship.
Siya’s entry into Grey High was a defining moment in his career as the skills and training he received there helped shoot him to fame and stardom. He was a member of Grey’s first XV rugby team and left remarkable footprints. Siya later became part of the Eastern Province Kings Youth between 2007 and 2009 and played in the Under-16 Grant Khomo Week, as well as the Under-18 Craven Week. Subsequently, he joined Western Province and equally represented the South Africa national Under-18 rugby union team – South African Schools team for two consecutive years.
Kolisi’s Professional Debut Was Made In 2011
During the Vodacom Cup, Siya Kolisi played in the senior league for Western Province against the Golden Lions. He made regular starts at the Currie Cup in 2011 and was able to score against his team’s major rival the Blue Bulls. However, his stay with them was short-lived as by 2012, he was in the Stormers squad and made 16 successful appearances and 1 try. Siya Kolisi would eventually rise to international fame by achieving 13 appearances and 2 tries in 2013. He was then selected as part of the Springboks set-up for the 2013 Rugby Championship.
In a couple of years, he became Stormers’ captain on 20 February 2017, and the next year, on 28th May 2018, he became the captain for the Springboks in the international scene. Siya Kolisi made history by becoming Springboks’ first black captain in its 126-year history. This was seen as a positive landmark for the rainbow nation where racism and classism remain critical social issues. Since then, Siya Kolisi has had impressive international matches and firmly secured his place in South Africa’s national team.
More so, it can be argued that the most spectacular achievement in Siya Kolisi’s professional rugby career so far was leading the South African national team to victory in the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Yokohama, Japan. The Springboks defeated England 32–12 in the final to win the coveted Webb Ellis Cup, making Siya Kolisi the first black South African captain to bring the cup home. Kolisi has also won other notable awards, among which are the Forward of the Year Award at the Bright Rock Players Choice Awards (2017) and the People’s Choice Sports Star of the Year Award (2019).
Recap Of the Clubs Siya Kolisi Has Played For
- Eastern Province King (2007 – 2009)
- South Africa U20 ( 2010 – 2011)
- Western Province (2010 – 2012)
- Western Province (2011 – 2021)
- Stormers (2012 – 2020)
- South Africa (2013 – till date)
- Sharks (2021 – till date)
How Much Is Siya Kolisi’s Net Worth?
Siya Kolisi’s journey from the streets of Zwide Township in Port Elizabeth to international fame has become a source of inspiration for young South Africans. He is proof that dreams come through if you put your best into it regardless of your race and situation. The Springboks captain’s net worth is pegged at $2 million, accrued mostly from his rugby career. This places him on the list of top-paid rugby players in South Africa alongside players like Tendai Mtawarira (Beast).
His monthly pay for the clubs he has played for is estimated to be about R50,000 for Western Province, Sharks R48,000, and R300,000 for Springboks. Although Siya is quite frugal when it comes to his earnings, it is speculated that his salary should definitely rise in the coming years.
He Owns Several Posh Cars & A Luxurious Mansion
With an estimated net worth that runs into millions of dollars, Siya can afford and actually owns a number of pricey luxurious cars. These include the enviable “his and hers” Mercedes Benz cars which belong to him and his wife. He equally has a collection of deluxe Land Rover cars, most spectacular of which is his seven-seat Land Rover Discovery, convenient for his family size and lifestyle.
Although not much is known to the public about the Springboks captain’s home, it is public knowledge that he has a state-of-the-art luxurious home in Cape Town. The Kolisi mansion is believed to be spectacular, judging by the sneak peeks seen through family photos posted on social media by both Siya and his wife Rachel. More so, the picture on social media of the captain mopping the floor at home for his 2020 challenge calling on men to do house chores is another testimony to how cool the Kolisi mansion must be.
However, while his family – his wife, kids, and 2 half-siblings – is based in Cape Town, Siya has to shuttle between the KwaZulu Natal province and Cape Town as he is currently signed up to play for Sharks which is based in Durban. He has described his welcome into the Sharks’ abode as warm and friendly.
His Family Owns The Kolisi Foundation
Beyond being a professional South African rugby union player, Siya Kolisi is also a philanthropist. In March 2020, the Springboks captain and his wife Rachel set up the Kolisi Foundation aimed at addressing the gap between the haves and haves not in South Africa’s impoverished townships.
The foundation focuses on gender-based violence, food security, education, and development in sports. Since its establishment, the foundation has provided protective gear for frontline workers and food items to township dwellers in the course of the Covid 19 pandemic. Many victims of gender-based violence have also been fostered by the foundation as Rachel Kolisi appears to be passionate about the plight of women in South Africa. More so, the Kolisi foundation supports activists in both cash and kind to empower them to stand strong in the fight for the oppressed.