Why Siya Kolisi chose to play for a French club

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Matt Impey/Shutterstock/BackpagePix (13633834w)Siya Kolisi the South Africa captainSouth Africa Training, Rugby Union, The Lensbury Club, Teddington, Middlesex, UK – 22/11/2022

Many people were taken aback when Siya Kolisi announced his departure from Cell C Sharks. Kolisi announced on Twitter last week that he would be leaving South Africa after this year’s Rugby World Cup. He has stated that he will play for Racing 92 in France.

Kolisi’s departure is not surprising given that his playing and name have grown significantly since the World Cup in Japan (which South Africa won) and his involvement in social issues in general.

Despite his commitment to the Sharks until 2027, it is clear that other teams were interested in him. Kolisi told the French news channel L’Equipe that he wanted to play for two countries: France and Japan.

“I have always told myself that when I leave South Africa, I am going to France or Japan,” said Kolisi, who plans to spend time with his family in France.

“At my age, I have to consider my family when making a decision. The good news is that I will be staying with my family and be able to spend more time with them because there is less travel in the Top 14 than there is here,” said Kolisi, who visited his new team on vacation last year.

“I had discussions with Racing 92, and that was the only club I was interested in playing for. What matters to me is being part of a team that wants me,” said Kolisi, who admitted that New Zealand’s Dan Carter played a role in his decision to go to France.

“Carter is one of the reasons I am going to Racing 92. Before making my decision, I had a lengthy discussion with him. He answered my questions and complimented my new team, but he also warned me about potentially disturbing events in France. What excites me the most is being wanted by a coach like Stuart Lancaster, who will take over in the new season,” Kolisi concluded.