Bok flank Siya Kolisi marries his girlfriend in Stellenbosch.
The couple met in Stellenbosch four years ago and returned to wine country for their wedding. Amongst the groomsmen were best man Nick Holton, childhood friend Tanqa Ncwana and Siya’s rugby team-mates. Rachel is a marketing executive and now full time mother to their son Nick and Siya’s adopted siblings. Siya’s dedication to rugby took him out of Zwide township into a life in first class sport and it brought his bride into his life.
Most of the 200 guests stayed for the weekend, sharing stories. It’s well known that Rachel was at first unsure about Siya. They first became friends, he then confessed his feelings and it wasn’t long until she admitted the same. Rachel’s been there for everything from Siya’s initiation to when he played in the World Cup.
Watching them dance, his father has witnessed how far his son has come since the time when even a meal every day was by no means guaranteed. Siya’s success has been life changing. Between family life and career, Siya’s great passion is transforming rugby – putting meals on the plates of young players, building facilities, giving others a chance to play their way into a good life.