Kolisi on injury against the All Blacks: ‘I have never been so scared in a rugby game before’


Springbok captain Siya Kolisi on the charge… (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)

Siya Kolisi says that he “freaked out” after suffering what looked to be a serious injury during the Springboks’ 31-29 victory over the All Blacks on Saturday.

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Kolisi was left prone on the ground after a breakdown clash with Ardie Savea and Brodie Retallick.

Initially, the Springbok captain didn’t move, with his face into the turf but as the medical team attended to him, Kolisi could be seen talking and moving his head.

He was replaced soon after.

At an adidas event at Cape Town Stadium on Tuesday, Kolisi reflected on that moment saying that it was his scariest on a rugby field. 

“I was so shocked and freaking out,” said Kolisi, as quoted by SA Rugbymag

“I was getting so many messages afterwards, and obviously it was scary for my wife and everyone back home as well. But, thankfully, I am fine,” he added.

Kolisi confirmed that following the incident in which he said he struggled to breathe initially, all the necessary medical checks had been carried out and that he was given a clean bill of health. 

“I don’t know where I got hit, I fell to the ground and my body was just in shock. The doc was asking me questions and was examining me, but I’m claustrophobic and I just really felt uncomfortable.

“I couldn’t breathe and already was lying in an awkward position, but I was fine after about a minute.

“They did all the checks, I went for scans, and everything was fine.

“But in the moment it was really scary. I’ve never been so scared in a rugby game before. I thought there was something wrong with my whole body.”

Following the Rugby Championship in which South Africa finished third, Kolisi is expected to lead the Springboks on their tour to Europe later in the year.

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Publish date : 2021-10-05 19:44:55

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