Exclusive: Kolisi on his miraculous recovery to make World Cup history – ‘I believed’

Exclusive: Kolisi on his miraculous recovery to make World Cup history – ‘I believed’

It was the story of the 2src23 Rugby World Cup and now, in an exclusive interview with TNT Sports, South Africa icon Siya Kolisi has explained how he made a miraculous recovery from an ACL injury to captain his side to back-to-back titles.

Kolisi’s dream of appearing in France appeared to be over when he suffered the serious knee injury during Sale Sharks’ United Rugby Championship match with Munster last April, just five months before the start of the tournament.

However, the 32-year-old – who has since joined Racing 92 – was determined to do everything in his power to recover, and just over four months after his injury, he lined up for the Springboks for a friendly against Wales.

“[I returned after] four months and one day, that was our first game against Wales,” he told TNT Sports pundit Ugo Monye.

“When I got injured in the Sharks game against Munster, I went home and thought I was okay, I still walked around. I went for a scan and they told me, that’s it, nine months.

“I told my wife that it was done, and she burst into tears. She was like, ‘no, it’s not done’.

South Africa’s flanker and captain Siya Kolisi reacts as he holds the throphy from the bus carrying the rest of the team during the Springboks Champions trophy tour in East London, South Africa.

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“We are Christians, we believe in God – she prayed and we just hoped for the best.”

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