Siya Kolisi: ‘There’s no way I would’ve dreamed of being Springbok captain’

(CNN)There was a time not so long ago in South Africa when people like Siya Kolisi weren’t supposed to captain the country’s beloved rugby team. View this post on Instagram To many South Africans, Kolisi represents an impossible dream — from being born into desperate poverty during the final years of apartheid to becoming the country’s first black captain. Visit CNN.com/sport for more news, features and videos Since then he’s overseen an upturn in fortunes for the national side, leading South Africa in victories over New Zealand, Australia, and a series win against England. Yet Kolisi, who was raised by his grandmother, still remembers a time before he found salvation through the sport. “There were nights where I was worried …