Springboks captain Siya Kolisi joined South African rugby side the Sharks following his departure from Western Province Rugby, the Durban-based club announced.
Kolisi left Western Province Rugby after an 11-year stay, which spanned his entire professional rugby career to date.
Kolisi’s contract was due to expire in October and despite Western Province’s best efforts to retain him, he decided not to extend it and was released early from it, after the acceptance of a transfer fee.
“This is a historic day for The Sharks, as Kolisi joins our proud franchise as a South African national icon, having led our Springbok team to the top of the world rankings in 2019,” the Sharks said in a statement.
The club said the reasons for the 29-year-old joining were his” ongoing strong appetite to win trophies and better himself on the field” coupled with the franchise’s vision and design for success.
The Sharks CEO Dr. Eduard Coetzee described Kolisi as a “class act” and a “great ambassador for the game” who will inspire the younger players.
Kolisi, on his part, expressed his gratitude to the Sharks for the opportunity to join adding he will “give this team everything”.
“I bought into the vision of The Sharks immediately – the energy around the club, the management set-up, the squad and the potential for success was so strong,” Kolisi said.
“I have always had a desire to be the best, and play with the best, to reach my potential on-and-off the field, and this move is just another step in maximising what I can achieve within my career.”
The addition of Kolisi strengthens a squad which already includes the likes of World Cup winner and club captain Lukhanyo Am, Sbu Nkosi and Sevens player Werner Kok.