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Road to Glory: Siya Kolisi by Jeremy Daniel – Book Review by Liza from books.books.books

The Road to Glory series covers some of South Africa’s greatest sporting heroes like AB de Villiers and Wayde Van Niekerk. The book is written in an easy to read format which is great for reluctant readers.
Siya Kolisi grew up with his grandmother in Zwide, a township near Port Elizabeth. Walking around the muddy streets one day he heard a commotion and saw a group of men running in green and yellow tracksuits. He hid behind a door and watched them as normally the sound of running feet meant trouble was brewing. These men were running in a line and passing an oval ball between them. From that moment he was fascinated with the game of rugby.
As a youngster he would choose to go and watch the local rugby team, the African Bombers, rather than join his friends playing soccer or watching soccer on TV. He played rugby as a youngster and got to play for the Eastern Province under 12 trials. During this time his grandmother got sick and died. A coach from Grey, the elite rugby playing school in Port Elizabeth saw Siya’s potential. With the help of his coach at his existing school the two men managed to get the young Kolisi a scholarship to Grey Junior School. Siya flourished in his rugby even though he was struggling with English and some of his school work but a friend helped tutor him.
The book continues with his rugby career as he signed a contact with Western Province and the Stormers. He got to play with the Baby Boks in Italy and eventually a few months before his 21st birthday he was named for the Springbok team.
Happy birthday to Siya Kolisi on 16 June!

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