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Kolisi accepts he will lose Bok armband


Two-time World Cup-winning skipper Siya Kolisi said he fully expects to relinquish the Springbok captaincy as he is based abroad.

Bok head coach Rassie Erasmus said in March that he preferred his captain to be playing in South Africa, with their first Test of 2024 in June against Wales at Twickenham.

Kolisi, 32, joined French club Racing 92, after October’s second World Cup triumph, on a contract until 2026.

“That’s normal. I knew that before making the decision to come here,” Kolisi told reporters on Wednesday.

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“He [Erasmus] speaks and he says this is the situation, it is what it is, there’s nothing I can do about that.”

Kolisi will return from a thumb injury he suffered on 2 March for Sunday’s last 16 Champions Cup trip to five-time winners Toulouse.

“I feel good, my hand is good,” Kolisi said. “I went to see the doctor to see the specialist and he was happy with the healing of my hand.

“I just want to be on the field. I tried to play last week but the coaches, management and doctors said I must wait for this week,” he added

© Agence France-Presse

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