The Springboks’ Rugby World Cup winner Cheslin Kolbe said on Monday he wants to be a part of next year’s incredible British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa.

Kolbe, 26, is set to feature as the visitors return to the rainbow nation for the first time since the hosts’ series victory 12 years ago. Rugby fans can book British lions 2021 tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

“I watched in 2009 and ever since I told myself I want to be a part of that,” he said during a press conference.

Springboks Kolbe eyes incredible Lions tour
Springboks Kolbe eyes incredible Lions tour

“Seeing the atmosphere, the way the stadiums were packed, the amount of time (that) is invested when the British and Irish Lions do come over, it’s incredible. It’s a team I want to be a part of and play in those three Tests.”

The Toulouse three-quarter, who won an Olympic Sevens bronze medal in 2016, was forced to choose between featuring at next year’s Tokyo Games, which have been rescheduled due to the coronavirus pandemic or facing Warren Gatland’s men.

“It was a difficult one with the Lions being at the same time. Being a part of the Olympics in 2016 and experiencing that was incredible,” he said.

“Playing against athletes from all over the world and meeting athletes in the Olympic village are the things you want to be a part of,” he added.

Kolbe was a teenager when the world champions beat the Lions 2-1 and have a clear memory from the second Test in Pretoria.

Springboks Kolbe eyes incredible Lions tour

“Morne Steyn, playing at Loftus, so he knew the stadium, getting that penalty from past the halfway line,” he said.

“The moment with all the green jerseys standing up and they went crazy for the winning points. That was one of the highlights.

“Playing against the Lions, because they are made out of different countries makes it so much more special and playing against the best — that’s who you want to perform against and how you want to see where you are as a player.”


– ‘Difficult’ clashes –

Ahead of the tour, which runs from July 3-August 7, Kolbe is expected to feature for the Boks during The Rugby Championship later this year, so will be unavailable for the 2019 Top 14 winners for more than a month.

Springboks Kolbe eyes incredible Lions tour

Kolbe called on domestic leagues and national unions to work together to create a calendar that will decrease clashes.

“If internationals do come up you have to be available to your national team, but the clubs should have an understanding in terms of when and how they need the players so players can plan,” he said.

“It’s difficult for clubs to lose players due to internationals but it also allows players to perform at the national stage.”

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