Kolisi faces stiff competition for prestigious BBC award

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Siya Kolisi with the Web Ellis trophy as the Springboks arrive at OR Tambo International Airport on November 5. Image: Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images

Cape Town – Springbok captain Siya Kolisi could cap a memorable year in style after being nominated for the BBC Sports Star of the Year award.Kolisi led the Springboks to Rugby World Cup glory in Japan last month when they thumped England 32-12 in the final in Yokohama.

“Very grateful for the @BBCSport recognition however this is not about one person. I’m nothing without my teammates & our whole organization. Proud to celebrate this nomination together,” Kolisi tweeted on Monday.

The Springboks were named Team of the Year at the World Rugby awards and Kolisi has since become a global icon.Last week, it was also confirmed that he had signed a deal with rapper Jay-Z’s high-profile sports management company, Roc Nation Sports.

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