Siya Kolisi: Jurgen Klopp meeting left Rugby World Cup winner speechless
South Africa captain Siya Kolisi has revealed a chance meeting with Jurgen Klopp induced the Rugby World Cup-winning captain to drop off his chair.
Since leading the Springboks to their third World Cup kolisi has been inundated with well-wishers, but the Liverpool fan was left speechless when Klopp approached to congratulate him on his success.
Kolisi told Sky Sports News:That was one of those highlights. He is such an awesome human being and that I know the boys perform so difficult.
He came and approached every single person at the table and spoke to me for over 40 minutes. I fell off my chair As soon as I saw him!
Everyone around me did not understand but Ive got tremendous admiration for him.
He knew who I was that he saw the closing.
His team-mates and kolisi embarked on a trophy tour following their victory over England. He states it was then that he started to understand the enormity of their achievement.
This left us understand we did it and who we did it for, he said.
To find people in South Africa therefore happy and united, that has been really powerful.
We expect it isnt only for this moment, that it carries on for years ahead.
If he had ever dreamed of the moment when rising up in the aftermath of South Africas World Cup final success, Kolisi was asked. He responded:When I was a kid all I was thinking about was becoming my second meal.
It underlines the journey he has taken and he considers these Springboks players various histories makes their achievement all the more special.
Kids can start dreaming about that moment since weve done it, he said.
Guys like Makazole Mapimpi that comes from a rural region, Pieter-Steph du Toit comes in the farming area. Those kids can declare:Would you know everything? They did this. We could also do it.
Can I believe we have helped change perceptions? There is still a lot of work to do although I expect so. We are in need of a great deal of function in infrastructure and also expect people invest back in their own communities.
We are all celebrating this story and it is astonishing, but children shouldnt need to undergo [that which I did]. That is why Im trying to work as hard as I could with some of my own team-mates to give back and help as much as we could.