"Recovery On Track" - Springboks Captain Siya Kolisi Set for Rugby World Cup Injury Return - Ruck

“Recovery On Track” – Springboks Captain Siya Kolisi Set for Rugby World Cup Injury Return

Springboks Captain Siya Kolisi is reportedly on track to return from his untimely knee injury ahead of the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

Kolisi underwent surgery last month after he suffered a ligament injury, with his scheduled return looking promising for the competition in France. The back-rower picked up the injury in the Sharks’ final round match of the 2022/23 United Rugby Championship season, putting his Rugby World Cup status in doubt.

Siya Kolisi, Captain of South Africa during the Autumn Nations International Series match between England and South Africa at Twickenham, London on 26 November 2022 (Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK)

However, Springboks Head Coach Rassie Erasmus provided a recent update on Kolisi’s progress, with the hopes of his return to the green and gold jersey for South Africa’s Rugby World Cup warm-up matches.

South Africa have a busy Summer ahead, as they take on the All Blacks, Australia and Argentina in July’s Rugby Championship competition. This is then followed up with August’s World Cup Warm-Up games, which sees the Springboks face Argentina in Buenos Aires on the 5th, Wales in Cardiff on the 19th, and then New Zealand at Twickenham on the 25th of August.

“Our target at this stage is to have Siya ready to play one or two warm-up games before the World Cup,” Erasmus said to SA Rugby Mag.

The Springboks will announce their 33-man squad for the Rugby World Cup on the 8th of August, setting off the sands of time for Siya Kolisi’s return to the squad. If all goes to plan, Kolisi will have the opportunity to test his match fitness, ahead of South Africa’s mission of retaining their title of World Champions.

South Africa take on Scotland on the 10th September, to kick of the Pool B ‘Group of Death’. The Springboks also take on Ireland, Tonga and Romania in the group stages.