Springboks star wins top award

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South Africa's flanker Siya Kolisi (centre) lifts the Webb Ellis Cup as they celebrate winning the Rugby World Cup final match against England at the International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama on November 2, 2019. PHOTO | CHARLY TRIBALLEAU | AFP

LONDON

South Africa’s World Cup-winning captain Siya Kolisi was voted the 2019 Rugby Union Writers’ Club personality of the year on Monday.

Kolisi took the prize following a poll of the RUWC’s 200-plus members ahead of their annual dinner in London.

The 28-year-old flanker led South Africa to World Cup glory last year, when England were crushed in the final in Japan.

Kolisi, who succeeds Ireland fly-half Johnny Sexton as the holder of the Pat Marshall Memorial Award, was appointed as the Springboks’ first black Test captain in 2018.

He has presided over a series victory against England and Rugby Championship glory, as well as leading South Africa to their third World Cup.

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