SIYA KOLISI is one of South Africa’s best players and arguably the most influential after being made their first ever black captain.
And now the 28-year-old flanker has become a hero to all people in the Rainbow Nation after leading them to Rugby World Cup glory – but who are his wife and children that have been cheering him all the way?
Who is Siya Kolisi’s wife, Rachel?
Born Rachel Smith in Grahamstown – around 80 miles from Port Elizabeth.
Her birthday is on January 21 making her 29 – a year older than her husband.
Prior to having children, she was a marketing executive.
Now she regularly posts her fitness and family snaps on Instagram, building up a huge following of over 76k on Instagram.
When did they marry and how many children do they have?
The couple got married on August 13, 2016.
They shared their day with their first-born, a son Nichoolas Siyamthanda, who they had in 2015.
Siya’s young half-siblings Liyema and Liphelo were also there, all sharing the same mother who died in 2009, and have lived with the Kolisis since 2014 after spending time in orphanages and foster care.
Two years ago, Siya and Rachel added a daughter to their clan – Keziah.
What is Kolisi’s South Africa record?
Kolisi made his international debut in June 2013 against Scotland, before becoming their first black captain on May 28, 2018.
His first match with the new role was against Wales, before a three-match series win over England.
And on his 50th cap for South Africa, Kolisi lifted the Webb Ellis trophy as the Springboks won the 2019 Rugby World Cup after beating England.