File: Pieter-Steph du Toit, Siya Kolisi and Lood de Jager of South Africa sing the national anthem before the 2017 Castle Lager Rugby Championship game between South Africa and New Zealand.
JOHANNESBURG –Flanker Siya Kolisi was on Monday named Springbok captain for the Castle Lager Incoming Series against England next month.
Pieter-Steph du Toit is set to lead the Boks against Wales in Washington.
Du Toit made his debut as a 21-year-old on 9 November 2013 against Wales in Cardiff. He is equally at home as lock and as loose forward and has played in 32 Test for the Springboks, 21 as lock, 10 times as flank and once as No 8. pic.twitter.com/NOvCdxKI51— South African Rugby (@Springboks) May 28, 2018
Bok coach Rassie Erasmus congratulated both Kolisi and Du Toit on their respective appointments.
Both men will captain the Springboks for the first time.
“It’s a huge honour to captain the Springboks and Siya and Pieter-Steph are two honest, hardworking men who enjoy the respect of their fellow players,” said Erasmus on the SA Rugby website.
Born in Zwide township near Port Elizabeth, Kolisi is also the DHL Stormers captain and has played in 28 Tests since making his debut at age 22 against Scotland in Nelspruit on 15 June 2013. He has four Test tries to his name. pic.twitter.com/I0bHXkHQSj— South African Rugby (@Springboks) May 28, 2018
“I believe both of them will do a good job as captains. My philosophy is that each player must take responsibility for his position and must, therefore, work extremely hard with that one goal in mind - to make the Springboks successful again,” added Erasmus.