Rise – The official autobiography from co-founder, Siya Kolisi


There have been many comments made and books written about Siya Kolisi, captain of the Springboks, and the first black man to lead his country in over 128 years of South African rugby. 

But now, for the very first time Kolisi Foundation co-founder, Siya Kolisi, shares his story in an extraordinarily intimate memoir, charting his journey from being born into the impoverished Zwide township, his 2018 appointment as captain of the Springboks – recognised worldwide as a pivotal moment in South African history – to leading his proud nation to an astonishing victory at the Rugby World Cup in 2019 and becoming the first black captain of a World Cup-winning side. 

However, Rise is not simply a chronology of matches played and games won; it is an exploration of a man’s race and his faith, a masterclass in attaining a positive mindset, and an inspirational reminder that it is possible to defy the odds, no matter how they are stacked against you.

The title Rise is inspired by Siya’s mother – Phakama – which translates to the book’s name, as well as a celebration of his Xhosa heritage.

His autobiography, Rise, is available in hardbook, e-book and audiobook.

Click HERE to purchase your copy.

To read more about the Kolisi Foundation click HERE.

Photo Credit – Riaan van Staden (riaanvanstaden.co.za)