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South Africa captain returns to face Wales in World Cup warm-up

Siya Kolisi is poised to make a triumphant return from injury as he resumes his role as captain for South Africa in their upcoming World Cup warm-up match against Wales in Cardiff this Saturday .
The inspirational figure who led the Springboks to World Cup glory in 2019 has been sidelined since April due to a knee injury. However, the 32-year-old flanker is ready to take the field against Wales, marking a significant step in South Africa’s preparations for this year’s tournament.

Jacques Nienaber, the head coach of South Africa, expressed his satisfaction at Kolisi’s comeback, highlighting the dedication and hard work he put in to overcome his injury setback. Nienaber emphasized the importance of Kolisi to the team, underscoring his pivotal role over the past six years.

South Africa captain returns to face Wales in World Cup warm-up

Kolisi’s return also heralds the comeback of prop Ox Nche, who is set to appear as a substitute, and scrum-half Jaden Hendrikse, following a period of absence due to a family tragedy.

Kolisi underwent surgery after sustaining knee ligament damage while playing for the Sharks against Munster in the United Rugby Championship.

Nienaber underlined the significance of giving Kolisi valuable game time to ensure he’s fully prepared for the World Cup, including the pivotal match against Scotland.

South Africa has made a significant lineup change, introducing 11 new players to the starting side following their recent victory over Argentina (24-13) in Buenos Aires on August 5th. While they triumphed over Argentina and Australia in this year’s Rugby Championship, their second-place finish behind New Zealand indicates room for improvement.

The Springboks’ final pre-World Cup fixture will see them go up against the All Blacks at Twickenham on August 25th, before kicking off their World Cup campaign against Scotland on September 10th in France.


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