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Siviwe Soyizwapi is a fine rugby player who is revered across the globe for his impeccable skills and heroics on the rugby pitch.

Writing about a player who has brought so much pride to Africa and whom, ironically many know so little about, is a tricky affair.

You see, this is a global superstar, a fine rugby player who is revered across the globe for his impeccable skills and heroics on the rugby pitch.

Seeing him don the South Africa Sevens jersey showcasing his prowess on the rugby field coupled with impressive tries, powerful runs, and sensational assists, one cannot help but marvel at how Siviwe Soyizwapi has made Africa proud.

The 25-year-old winger celebrated a milestone last Friday when he became the first man since the 2005 Sevens World Cup to score four tries in a match.

Soyizwapi was in rampant mood as South Africa thrashed Ireland 45-7 in their World Cup opener in San Francisco to set up a last eight clash with the Scots.

In the match against the Wolfhounds, a lethal step and a brutal hand-off saw the winger leave two tacklers in his wake before touching down and a minute later the speedster crossed over again a minute to the break.

Ireland’s poor handling of the kick-offs in the second half made Soyizwapi score his hat-trick try and fourth in quick succession.

“I was quite fortunate out there today,” Soyizwapi said immediately after becoming the only ninth player to score four tries in a Rugby World Cup Sevens match.

Even though South Africa later crashed to a rampant England at the semi-finals, Soyizwapi epitomised their 100% application in everything they did. He covered the field like an advanced rash and he was a pain to play against throughout the match as he portrayed flowing golden locks.

His background

Soyizwapi started his career way back in 2013 with the Southern Kings before he was quickly roped in by the national sevens coaches, who identified him as a talented addition to the squad.

Compassionately known as Shakes among his team-mates, Soyozwapi went on to make his Springbok Sevens debut on 2016 season. He was one of the regular starters for the Blitzboks in Las Vegas that season which proved to be the team’s third tournament triumph in a row.

Because of his pace and threat with ball in hand, many have compared the rise of Soyizwapi with Springbok Sevens colleague Seabelo Senatla.

Soyizwapi’s prowess and style of play never ceases to amaze despite numerous injury scares but he has always come back stronger, earning him international recognition and brought so much pride to the continent.

So far, it can be said that he has already made a name as a pacy winger and one of the fastest players in the game, but off the pitch, he is arguably one of the most humble rugby personalities, gifted with a natural sense of humor and easily blends with fans.

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