Gray High School in Gqeberha in the Eastern Cape made history by renaming its main field The Kolisi Field Springbok captain Siya Kolisi on Saturday.
For decades the rugby ground was previously known as Philip Field. The Tribute to Kolisi is the second of its kind from a school in the Eastern Cape. Recently, Queen’s College renamed its main stand after old boy Kaya Malotana, who became the first black player to represent the Springboks when he made his Rugby World Cup debut in 1999.
On this momentous occasion, in conjunction with Gray’s first reunion since the outbreak of COVID-19, Gray College hosted Queen’s College for the final game at Phillip Field.
Kolisi, who matriculated from school in 2009, was a key player in the first team. Kolisi shared his first moments at Gray High.
“It’s something I never would have thought of in my wildest dreams. I think coming to Gray alone was a big deal, I remember being in the car with my mother, she didn’t know English. I could not. When I came to this school, my mother told me to work hard. And when I walked in, I had my wildest dreams when I saw the infrastructure.”
Kolisi said he was very honored by this honor.
“I don’t take this lightly and I know it’s not an easy decision and I’m grateful. It’s a great honor, I love this school, I will always support it and I take a lot of responsibility for what I have to do as a human being in society,” he says.
The school says the renaming was considered back in 2018 – and gained momentum after the World Cup. Reported by Yolanda Kambile.
Gray honors Bok’s captain and renames Philip’s rugby field to Kolisi field:
Siya Kolisi Honored by Former High School – SABC News
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