Why Siya Kolisi turned down a R25 million move to Japan

Springbok captain Siya Kolisi was being pursued by more than just French powerhouses for his signature. However, why did he decline an offer of R25 million?

Springbok captain Siya Kolisi disclosed that, despite the fact that a lucrative move to Japan was also being considered, Dan Carter assisted in persuading him to join Racing 92.

Kolisi admitted that the All Black played a significant role in his choice to go with Racing after assessing his options.

Kolisi, who has pleasant recollections of Japan, was reportedly approached by the Suntory-owned Tokyo Sungoliaths, who had recently added Cheslin Kolbe and All Blacks captain Sam Cane to their roster on a short-term contract.

Although the precise amount Racing 92 will pay Kolisi each season is unknown at this time, it is thought to be between R18 and R20 million.

One of the greatest domestic leagues in the world, the Top 14 is played with a lot of vigor and intensity. While Kolisi might believe that he can still advance to Japan in the future, with Racing 92, it was a case of now or never.


Kolisi believes that participating in the Top 14 would complete his rugby career.”I’m eager to play. For me, the missing component is the Top 14.

“I came here because of its reputation—it’s one of the hardest championships in the world.”

Kolisi said, “I have to prove myself on the pitch,” to Rugby Rama.

Before signing, I had conversations with Yannick Nyanga and Cameron Woki. Dan Carter also played a role in my arrival.


Kolisi was also swayed by the mindset of Racing 92’s principal owner and club chairman, Jacky Lorenzetti.

“Jacky Lorenzetti informed me that he was more interested in hiring rugby players than superstars. This is greatly appreciated,” he remarked.

“We have something to build as Racing 92 is a club that has not accomplished as much as Toulon or Toulouse, and I want to be a part of this history.”

Having played in South Africa my entire life, it’s great to join a new club that is so different. However, Jacky [Lorenzetti] and my colleagues made things simpler for me.

“Everything is going really well because my family moved before me.”

On Sunday, November 26, when Racing 92 plays La Rochelle in the top 14, Kolisi might be making his debut for the team.

Racing 92 was not paired with the Bulls or Stormers in the Champions Cup, so he will not be playing against South African opponents in the group stage.

Kolisi is anticipated to stay as captain despite moving overseas. He has led the Springboks in 53 Test matches.

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