Snack Media will be spending the next six months in the run-up to the 2019 Rugby World Cup taking you through the tournament, the teams and even the terms of one of the world’s most popular sports. Our seventh blog looks at South Africa’s Cheslin Kolbe.
South Africa face the daunting task of playing reigning champions and World Cup favourites the All Blacks in Pool B this year. It’s a tough ask, but there is no team New Zealand fear more than the Springboks.
Rassie Erasmus’ team can enter the game against their rivals in September with a lot of confidence, particularly with some of the players in their squad.
One player that could make a name for himself at the World Cup, and announce himself on the world stage is winger Cheslin Kolbe.
In a day and age where rugby players are bigger and more powerful than they ever have been, Kolbe bucks the trend. Standing at 5ft 7 1/2 and weighing under 12 stone, the diminutive winger relies on his searing pace and footwork to great effect.
The 25-year-old has six caps for the Springboks after making his debut last year, and is surely going to make many more over the coming years. He already has an Olympic bronze medal with South Africa Sevens, and has lit up European rugby with Toulouse over the past two years.
His slippery style is matched by very few players in the world, which makes him such an exciting prospect when it comes to the World Cup, and someone that could add the finesse to a traditionally powerful Springboks team.