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I was sniffing glue with bad boys until rugby rescued me: Siya Kolisi

An exclusive extract from ‘Rise’, Springbok captain Siya Kolisi’s autobiography

Siya Kolisi

The Sunday Times yesterday published an exclusive extract from Rise, Springbok captain Siya Kolisi’s autobiography. Today we publish a second extract from his new book.

The choir from my grandmother’s church sang at her funeral, which reminded me of her and all the happy Sundays we’d spent together. My aunt, uncle and cousins were all there,  but my dad wasn’t: he was working in Cape Town, eight hours’ drive away, and since he didn’t have a cellphone, no one could get hold of him and tell him what had happened.

No one really paid me much attention, even though everyone knew I’d been her favourite. It was one of those times when as a child the adult world seems a total mystery to you, a different planet with its own laws and language and way of doing things. ..

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