The 26 year old South African and Stormers flanker will captain his team against England on Saturday at the Ellis Park stadium in the test series rugby competition. He will be the fist black springbrok player to captain the team after 126 years of rugby in South Africa.
He will wear the jersey number 6 as won by the former president Nelson Mandela in 1996 world cup final. By 2019, coach Rassie Erasmus is expected to pick a team that has at least a 50% black player representation. Starting with a black captain, whose appointment is justified both as a player and a leader, is an emphatic statement from the coach that transformation will be taken seriously on his watch.