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Articulate and humane, Kolisi gives meaning to sport

Every kid needs a storyteller and if I had a 12-year-old, I'd make her listen to Siya Kolisi. The volume would have to be high because the South African rugby captain can be as soft-spoken as he is imposing. A 105kg crusader who likes to spread the gospel that is sport.

Here, see, he tells kids, adults, anyone: This is what sport can do. It can unite people, white and black, farmer and city slicker, erase difference, take a boy (like him) out of poverty and make him something. It's not an original message and yet athletes don't convey it often enough.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 22, 2020, with the headline 'Articulate and humane, Kolisi gives meaning to sport'. Print Edition | Subscribe