Stick to the rules and we will beat the coronavirus together, says Springbok and Stormers captain Siya Kolisi.
With South Africa in lockdown for 21 days on Friday to help stop the spread of Covid-19, Kolisi is convinced that we can beat the beast that is the coronavirus.
For that to happen, though, we must follow the plan set out by the country’s leaders.
The 2019 World Cup-winning captain explains: “It’s really a tough period for us as a country and the whole world.
“We have to all place our focus on making sure we are fighting this together.
“We as a team still have a responsibility to stay in shape, look after ourselves [but at the same time] oblige to the rules that have been set out by the president.
“We have to be in lockdown and make sure we use our resources [at home] for when the day comes when Covid-19 is finished, we are ready to play.
“The most important thing for us as a team is the health of the country and what the people need.
“We must send the right messages and show how much this means to us by staying within the rules”
While Kolisi and his Stormers teammates will be doing their best to promote charities and share information online during this time, he pleads with South Africans to stay at home.
The 28-year-old says: “It is tough for everybody - we’ll do what we can by staying at home if you can’t do much [in terms of helping others], you can do something just by staying at home.
“We are all adding to the fight and can only fight as a united front.
Our captain @SiyaKolisi_Bear explains what you can expect from the DHL Stormers over the next 21 days and how you can get involved. Stay safe and we will get through this together. #iamastormer #dhldelivers #lockdown #stayhome pic.twitter.com/CB2BcVko2u— DHL STORMERS (@THESTORMERS) March 27, 2020
“We just have to obey what the top people are telling us to do.”