Siya Kolisi has played 118 super rugby games for Stormers
The Western Province has confirmed that South African captain Siya Kolisi will end his exit from the province to end an 11-year union.
Kolisi made his debut in the Western Province in 2011, playing 13 games with four attempts in his first season. The 29-year-old made his super rugby debut for Stormers in 2012 and will now end his career with the club as the second best player in history with 118 games behind Schalk Burger, who played 123 times for the club.
“I would like to thank everyone at Western Province Rugby for the incredible time in my life that I have grown as a rugby player and as a person,” he told the club’s official website.
“All of the trainers, leaders and teammates who have influenced me so much over the past 11 years, and especially DHL Stormers Faithful and the people in Cape Town and beyond who made my time at the union so special.
“It was a privilege to have their support.”
Kolisi took over the management of the club for the first time in 2017 and was named captain of South Africa after two consecutive seasons, where he won the 2019 World Cup in Japan when the Springboks defeated England in the final.
Stormer’s head coach John Dobson paid tribute to Kolisi and wished him the best of luck in his future endeavors.
“Siya Kolisi will always be a DHL Stormers legend, his story is known around the world and everyone here is grateful for their role in it,” he said.
“We would have loved if he had stayed there and ended his career where it started, but we wish him all the best.
“We have always done our best to retain the world-class talent we have in the union before looking elsewhere and we look forward to announcing some significant contract renewals with some of our seasoned players in the near future . “