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South African rugby captain upbeat for 2021

South Africa rugby captain Siya Kolisi is more motivated than ever to ‘start fresh’ in 2021 and is focusing on new ways of motivating himself to continue performing at the highest of levels.

After captaining his country to 2019 Rugby World Cup success in Japan, the flanker from Port Elizabeth has endured a difficult start to the year with his DHL Western Province team suffering a 19-9 defeat to the Natal Sharks in the last-ever rugby game at the club’s iconic Newlands stadium.

He explained: “For me, personally, transitioning back on the field hasn’t been easy, we’ve carried over a lot of feeling and uncertainty from 2020. The last game at Newlands was supposed to be a big, special game and we were supposed to deliver. We obviously wanted to achieve so much more.”

However the 29-year-old, who returned to the line-up after two weeks on the sidelines, is now targeting a return to form at club and country level after adopting a new mindset.

He added: “It’s been tough, but now I’m looking to start fresh. It’s a whole new year. It has to start first in your mind, and you’ve got to tell yourself, ‘Whatever has gone in the past, it is gone, it is done. I’m focusing on something new,’ and find other ways of getting yourself up. That’s what I’m looking towards with my family as well. I’m telling my kids, ‘It is going to be a different year no matter how, even if it is one small thing’.”

Kolisi knows a thing or two about battling through obstacles after he defied the odds at every step on his journey from the township to become a World Cup-winning captain with the final win over England.

He revealed: “I’m the type of player that needs consistency. I need to be playing game-in-game-out to find my flow and really hit my best, and that is absolutely the ambition.”

Red Bull recently presented him with his own limited edition Red Bull Hero can, he was delighted.

Veselin Ovcharov surprises Siya Kolisi and reveals his limited edition Red Bull Hero Can at Hamiltons Rugby Club in Cape Town, South Africa on January 28, 2021.

Source: ©Red Bull Tyrone Bradley/Red Bull Content Pool

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