Siya Kolisi and Tendai Mtawarira have surprise reunion on grid walk at the Monaco Grand Prix

South African rugby legends Siya Kolisi and Tendai Mtawarira captured the limelight at the recent Monaco Grand Prix, as they made a memorable appearance during Martin Brundle’s iconic grid walk.

Iconic Grid Walk

The Monaco Grand Prix is a magnet for global celebrities, drawing in stars from various fields, including film stars, musicians, models, athletes, politicians, and even royalty.

The prestigious street circuit event is known for its glitz and glamour, attracting high-profile guests who mingle on the grid just before the race begins.

Among the guests this year were Kolisi and Mtawarira, two of the most recognisable Springboks of recent times. Both remain highly respected figures in the rugby world.

Sky Sports’ veteran broadcaster, Martin Brundle, known for his engaging grid walks, spotted Kolisi in the Red Bull area, where the rugby star was present as a brand athlete.

Kolisi, a two-time Rugby World Cup-winning captain, impressed Brundle with his knowledge of Formula 1 before the encounter took an endearing turn.

Kolisi’s attention was caught by his former teammate, Mtawarira, leading to a boisterous reunion. Kolisi and Mtawarira shared a massive bear hug, a moment that left Brundle a little lost, but provided a wholesome highlight for viewers.

Getting Stuck In

Kolisi’s involvement with the Red Bull team extended throughout the race weekend. He was seen participating in pitstop training, even helping to push the cars—we wonder if this might be a new job for the so-called bomb squad?

Kolisi entertained the idea of becoming a reserve driver for the team but acknowledged that he would need to slim down to fit into an F1 car.

The Road Ahead

Now that the Formula 1 excitement has wound down, Kolisi’s focus has shifted back to rugby. He is preparing to swap the Racing 92’s jersey for the green and gold of the Springboks.

Kolisi will remain a key player for the Springboks, but will not retain his captaincy, as coach Rassie Erasmus prefers a locally-based leader. Erasmus, returning as head coach, plans to gradually phase out older players and develop younger talent in preparation for the 2027 Rugby World Cup.

Despite Kolisi’s excellent form with Racing 92, his leadership role is uncertain due to logistical preferences and the team’s strategic roadmap.

The Springboks’ first international match of the season is scheduled for June 22 against Wales. However, this match falls outside the official Test window, meaning overseas players like Kolisi won’t be available.

Image Courtesy: PlanetRugby

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