‘It’s been a tough season for us personally, but change is inevitable’, Rachel on Siya Kolisi’s Stormers exit

Springbok captain Siya Kolisi with his wife Rachel. File photo. Image: ESA ALEXANDER/ SUNDAYTIMES

Rachel Kolisi, wife of Springbok captain Siya, on Sunday reminisced about her husband’s journey with the Stormers, and praised him for his consistency and respectful character.

Kolisi is expected to join Durban-based Sharks.

Rachel said she will always cherish the beautiful memories and friends they made during Siya’s 11 years with the team.

“Every injury, every loss, every victory, every sacrifice, every memory, the many tears, I will cherish them all. Because we learnt from the bad and hold close the good. It has been a tough season for us personally, having to make really big and hard decisions, but change is inevitable,” she wrote on Instagram.

TimesLIVE reported on Sunday that Kolisi’s transfer did not come as a surprise as there was already speculation before the official announcement. Kolisi’s contract was due to expire at the end of October, but he was released early and the Stormers accepted a transfer fee.

Rachel shared pictures of Siya and their family during his matches, saying “he remained kind and respectful in moments he had every reason not to”.

“He has lead this team in more ways than some will ever know. He has been a mentor and a listener. He has paved a path for the many who will follow. I can’t put into words how proud I am of him.

“This team not only brought us beautiful memories but friends who became family,” she wrote.

The Stormers on Sunday thanked Siya for his commitment to the team.

“It is time for us to say farewell to DHL Stormers legend Siya Kolisi after an 11-year journey with WP rugby. Thanks for all of the incredible memories and always giving everything for the jersey and the DHL Stormers, faithful Siya.”

Siya thanked the team and its management, who he said influenced his personal and professional growth.

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