Siya Kolisi is set to become the first black player to captain South Africa’s rugby side in a Test match.
The 26-year-old flanker, who was born in a township near Port Elizabeth, was unveiled as the captain for the three-Test series against England next month.
He is replacing the injured Warren Whiteley, while Pieter-Steph du Toit will lead the team for a one-off Test match against Wales.
“It is a huge honour to captain the Springboks and Siya and Pieter-Steph are two honest, hard-working men who enjoy the respect of their fellow players,” Johan ‘Rassie’ Erasmus told reporters on Monday.
“I believe both of them will do a good job as captains.
“My philosophy is that each player must take responsibility for his position and work extremely hard with one goal in mind – to make the Springboks successful again.”