Springbok captain Siya Kolisi has opened up about his battle with alcohol and how it almost cost him his family.
This will all be read in his unreleased autobiography titled ‘Rise’.
In the book, Kolisi dishes about his successes in rugby and life, his tough upbringing in the township near Gqeberha, as well as his battle with substance abuse.
“Whenever I had time off, I just drank. I was bored and feeling sorry for myself, there were other guys around in the same boat who were always happy to hang out, and it was all too easy for me to hit the bars and pubs and be a good-time guy,” he wrote in an extract published by the Sunday Times.
“Rachel [my wife] had come out with baby Nick, and this would have been the perfect opportunity to spend some time with them; but no, I preferred to be out with the boys. It was an awful time for her, and I was too selfish to realise. In the end Rachel got fed up with me being a jerk and flew home a week early.”
The 30-year-old debuted for the Springboks in 2013 and became the team’s first-ever black captain.