South Africa captain Siya Kolisi hopes he has inspired the next generation of South Africans after leading his country to Rugby World Cup victory over England in Japan – as his adorable children hijack his interview.

The flanker, who is the Springboks‘ first-ever black captain, saw his side win 32-12 with Handre Pollard kicking 22 points and Makazole Mapimpi and Cheslin Kolbe running in late tries. 

Kolisi helped his side claim a first Rugby World Cup victory since they also beat England in the 2007 final, but as he conducted the interview his children couldn’t hide their excitement.

South Africa flanker Siya Kolisi became the first black man to captain his country

As the captain is interviewed, his two children take over and try and grab the microphone

Kolisi told ITV: This is amazing. Bryan will know how South Africa is right now. This is really special, this is really more than a game for us, there was so much there. 

‘We are really grateful to have our families here and obviously our wives take a lot of heat as we are never at home. They are the ones looking after our children, we are grateful they allow us to do what we love. 

All I want to do is just want to inspire my kids and every other kid in South Africa and I hope they are proud.  When they are looking for a role model I want them to look at me.

‘I never thought this would happen at all. When I was a kid, all I was thinking about was getting my next meal. There are so many people in SA who just need an opportunity – I got my opportunity and I took it with both hands. There so many stories that have been told like this in South Africa. ‘

“We have so many problems in our country. But to have a team like this, we come from different backgrounds, different races and we came together with one goal.”


Brilliant interview from South Africa’s brilliant captain, Siya Kolisi.#ENGvRSA #RWC2019

— eir Sport (@eirSport)

The young child speaks into the microphone as he is held up by ex-Springbok Bryan Habana

Kolisi lifts South Africa’s first World Cup trophy since they won it against England in 2007

Kolisi had his father and two children with him in Yokohama, while his half-brother and sister – who he found and adopted – were watching back in South Africa. 

‘I am hoping we given people a little bit of hope. We have won four our country and I hope this can make our country better. You can never forget where you’ve come from and the people that have been with you through life. 

‘I want to celebrate this with my father as this was something he was never able to do for me. I wanted to do it for him. Hoping my brother and sister take in some of this too. I wish I had them here.’ 

Siya Kolisi hopes to be role model after inspiring Springboks to Rugby World Cup final victory

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