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London – Springbok captain Siya Kolisi historic first Test in charge of South Africa has been selected as the July Laureus Sporting Moments of the Month, after a vote by thousands of sports fans around the world.

Kolisi‘s inspirational rise from a childhood in the Zwide Township in Port Elizabeth to became the first black captain of a Springbok side was lauded as one of the most significant moments in South African rugby history.


Leading the team against England at Ellis Park, Johannesburg in June, Kolisi wore the iconic No 6 jersey, the same number worn by President Nelson Mandela – the first Patron of Laureus – at the 1995 Rugby World Cup final.

The Boks would go on to win the series against England, 2-1.

Each month, from March to December, the public can select their favourite moment from a shortlist of four videos, chosen by the sporting legends of the Laureus World Sports Academy.

Monthly winners will then go head-to-head in a final public vote, with the winner being announced at the 2019 Laureus Awards Ceremony.


COUTINHO‘S GIFT – The Brazil star saw a photo of 12-year-old Wallace Rocha from a Rio favela wearing a makeshift shirt with his name on it. He interrupted his training to send Wallace a video message, then sent him an autographed jersey to wear during the FIFA World Cup.

THE CITIZEN RUNNER – Yuki Kawauchi, 31, won this year’s Boston Marathon despite having to work 40 hours a week in the administrative office of a high school. He has no sponsors and his amateur status has made him a sporting sensation in Japan.

WHEELBARROWING EVEREST – Scott Doolan reaches Base Camp on Mount Everest with little assistance despite paralysis from the waist down

WORLD CUP REQUIEM – Having planned to go to Russia as a family, Mexico fan Gilberto Martinez lost his wife and two young children in a car crash, but he still went to fulfil the family dream. After Mexico’s 1-0 win over Germany, Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa wrote on social media: “This was for your family.”