Siya Kolisi could return to the field next month

Siya Kolisi of South Africa during the 2023 Castle Lager Rugby Championship Springbok training session at Loftus Stadium Field B in Pretoria on 20 June 2023 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Most people wonder if Siya Kolisi will play in the Rugby World Cup. Even if there is still hope, there is no definitive answer yet. Kolisi informed South Africans earlier this week that he is recovering and getting ready for the Rugby World Cup, which will be held in France later this year. After suffering a serious injury during a rugby match, Kolisi needed knee surgery in April.

The timing of his surgery first raised concerns. However, medical professionals argued that surgery was the only alternative. Kolisi is part of the Springbok players that are in camp getting ready for the Rugby Championship.

The Rugby Championship is significant since it comes just before the World Cup and will allow the Springboks to put their skills to the test against countries such as Australia and New Zealand.

Each country will play one match against the other rather than two because of the forthcoming World Cup. There is anticipation that Kolisi will participate in the Rugby Championship following a good rehabilitation process.

“I’m happy. I’m trying to get back to the form I was in before,” Kolisi said earlier this week at the Springbok camp. The national team coaches have always included him when the players met in camps before he could practice.

“I’m trying to get back to how I was before the surgery. The good news is that I’m working on this in the camp alongside teammates who support me. Even if getting injured is unpleasant, I have experienced it. It’s great to have the support of the coaches, Springbok players, and medical staff.

“I have made a lot of improvement and can now do things that I was unable to do before. I am very hopeful that I will be able to play in the Rugby Championship games before the World Cup,” said Kolisi.

On July 8 in Pretoria, South Africa will play the Wallabies in a Rugby Championship encounter.