Less than an hour after last Saturday's coronation, he arrived in the press conference room singing, Webb Ellis trophy in hand. After big, fiery speeches on the strength of the collective, family, diversity, Siya Kolisi took selfies with the journalists, all smiles. Since then, the euphoria has not weakened.
The Springboks began a four-day cross-country tour in Pretoria on Thursday to celebrate their victory. Live video on Instagram from the parade bus, the captain filmed himself drinking and singing at the top of his lungs with his teammates. Two days earlier, upon his arrival at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, he had barely set foot outside the plane before he escaped security to meet the crowd.
Medal around his neck and flag on his shoulders, the new Racing 92 player brandished the trophy before throwing himself among the supporters, head first. Same scene of jubilation at Cape Town airport on Thursday, this time with a yellow t-shirt on which it is written “Stronger together”.
Because in the middle of the celebrations, the third row does not forget his commitment. Taking advantage of a joint platform with Cyril Ramaphosa, he invited the South African president to “use diversity a little more, which is a strength that many countries do not have, but that South Africa has” . And as a good captain, he wanted to thank the South African people, without whom he and his teammates would never have been able to accomplish the feat of retaining the world title: “You are the reason why we are here today , you who never give up, who work hard, who go through so much to be where you are today.”