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Japan: Springboks' skipper Kolisi hopes to channel spirit of '95 against NZ

Japan, Yokohama
September 20, 2019 at 08:55 GMT +00:00 · Published

The captain of the South African rugby team Siya Kolisi said the Springboks were looking to recreate the famous World Cup final of 1995 against New Zealand in Saturday's RWC opener at a press conference in Yokahoma on Friday.

"I think I was one when South Africa won the World Cup then but obviously for us, you know, it was an era that opened up doors for us," said Kolisi, who is the first black player to captain the Springboks.

"It is going to be a tight battle and I am really looking forward to it you know, this is one of the games you want to play, that you grew up thinking I want to be, this is the game I want to play. You know, you do not want to be sitting for this kind of game so I am looking forward to it," he continued.

Kolisi also said he hoped that the first rugby World Cup held in Asia will bring a higher profile to the sport and 'the whole world should share it.'

The match will start at 19:45 local time (10:45 GMT) on Saturday and is considered the biggest group stage game in World Cup history - with two of the tournament's favourites kicking off their campaigns.

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The captain of the South African rugby team Siya Kolisi said the Springboks were looking to recreate the famous World Cup final of 1995 against New Zealand in Saturday's RWC opener at a press conference in Yokahoma on Friday.

"I think I was one when South Africa won the World Cup then but obviously for us, you know, it was an era that opened up doors for us," said Kolisi, who is the first black player to captain the Springboks.

"It is going to be a tight battle and I am really looking forward to it you know, this is one of the games you want to play, that you grew up thinking I want to be, this is the game I want to play. You know, you do not want to be sitting for this kind of game so I am looking forward to it," he continued.

Kolisi also said he hoped that the first rugby World Cup held in Asia will bring a higher profile to the sport and 'the whole world should share it.'

The match will start at 19:45 local time (10:45 GMT) on Saturday and is considered the biggest group stage game in World Cup history - with two of the tournament's favourites kicking off their campaigns.

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