South Africa captain Siya Kolisi has one of the most inspirational stories in rugby.
Siya Kolisi delivered one of the all-time great interviews after South Africa defeated England in the Rugby World Cup final.
England were the strong favourites heading into the World Cup final after stunning New Zealand in the semi-finals.
But South Africa pulled off one of the all-time great performances in a World Cup final by brushing Eddie Jones’ team aside.
While Owen Farrell would have been a deserving World Cup winning captain, arguably the moment means a lot more to Kolisi and South Africa as a whole.
Rugby is entwined with politics back in South Africa, dating back to Francois Pienaar holding aloft the Webb Ellis Cup in 1995 alongside Nelson Mandela.
Then 12 years later it was John Smit holding the trophy up high, linked in arms with Mandela’s successor Thabo Mbeki.
And Kolisi has now broken new ground in the trouble-torn country by becoming the first black captain to win the World Cup for South Africa.
There was a special moment while he stood on stage awaiting to lift the Webb Ellis Cup as he showed the peace sign to Cyril Ramaphosa as the South African president waved back with a huge smile across his face.
But nothing encapsulates his inspiration for the country better than his post-match interview in front of the Yokohama Stadium crowd.
“I never dreamed of a day like this at all,” he said.
“When I was a kid all I was thinking about was getting my next meal.
He added:“I was just grateful for everything that the team has been through.
“We face a lot of challenges but the people of South Africa have got behind us and we are so grateful for the people of South Africa.
“We have so many problems in our country but to have a team like this… we come from different backgrounds, different races and we came together with one goal and we wanted to achieve it.
“I really hope we have done that for South Africa to show that we can pull together if we want to achieve something.
“Since I’ve been alive, I’ve never seen South Africa like this.
“Obviously in ’95 what the World Cup did for us.
“Now, with all the challenges we’re having… the coach just came and told us the last game, ‘we’re not playing for ourselves anymore, we’re playing for our people back home’.
“That’s what we wanted to do today and we really appreciate all the support, people in the taverns, people in the shabeens, people in farms and homeless people that had screens and people in rural areas.
“Thank you so much, we appreciate all the support.
“We love you South Africa and we can achieve anything if we work together as one.”