RUGBY champion Siya Kolisi has captured his amazing life story in a book.
Kolis’s autobiography is set to be released in September.
The Springbok captain made the announcement saying that the book, titled ‘Rise’ and written by British author Boris Starling, will be distributed across South Africa by NP Publishers and is currently available for pre-order.
In a statement released by NP Publishers, Kolisi says that the time has arrived for him to share his story. “I feel it’s the perfect time to share these with the hope of inspiring and motivating anyone who has ever faced adversity,” Kolisi said.
“It was so important for me that my story was told from my own account and with the right publishing group.”
Kolisi explained on his instagram post that he could not let others tell his story after he and his wife, Rachel Kolisi, learned that the book, Siya Kolisi: Against All Odds, had been released without Kolisi’s consent.
“It is rare for a player to release their autobiography during their career but someone else had other ideas and released a book about me without my consent so I wanted to give you all the opportunity to read my real story,” he said.
“I believe in lifting as you rise and will be donating a portion of the proceeds towards community development around the country. Thanks for all your support, and God bless,” Kolisi said.
Rachel Kolisi had taken to Instagram and Twitter to ask supporters to boycott the unauthorised biographical book that was written by Jeremy Daniel, and released in the same week that the Springboks squad was announced for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
Siya Kolisi himself later released a statement distancing himself from the book.
“To clear any confusion, the book published about me with my name on the cover wasn’t written by me or produced with my approval or even knowledge,” he said.