Rachel Kolisi confirms that she will be staying behind in Cape Town as Siya moves to Durban to begin his new chapter for the Sharks.

The cat is out the bag: Siya Kolisi is moving to the Sharks after 11 years playing for the Stormers. It has been an incredible journey for the Springboks captain and now he looks set to begin a new chapter at the Jonsson Kings Park stadium in Durban. Meanwhile, his wife Rachel and their children look set to stay in Cape Town for the coming months before considering joining him in Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Siya’s number one fans will support from Cape Town

It was an emotional day for Stormers fans and all those who have followed Siya Kolisi’s 11-year journey at the Cape-Town-based rugby club when he bid farewell. The flanker announced his move to the Durban-based Sharks this week, a move that was greeted by plenty of fanfare from his new supporters who can’t wait to see him in action. However, his biggest fans remain in Cape Town.

Rachel Kolisi led the way in congratulating Siya on the big move which will see him become one of South African rugby’s highest earners. While many wondered if she would be moving to Durban to watch his every game, Rachel confirmed to her Instagram followers that she and her family would be supporting hubby/daddy from a distance.

The influencer and fitness enthusiast wrote on Instagram, “We’ll be @siya_kolisi_the_bear & @sharksrugby number 1 supporters from Cape Town for the next 10 months.” Before she jokingly added, “Pray for me”

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A Long distance marriage for the Kolisi’s

So it looks as if Siya and Rachel will be enjoying a long-distance marriage for the next 10 months while they figure out where they will be planning to settle down in the long term. While the prospect might seem daunting to some, it’s something that the Kolisis are not entirely unused to.

Throughout his career, Siya has had to travel to a number of destinations on Springboks and Stormers duties – sometimes for weeks on end. Rachel has often spoken on social media that Siya’s job involves a lot of globetrotting and suggested that it’s something that the couple has gotten used to over time.

So a brief separation for a number of months won’t be a scary prospect for them, especially because Durban is just a short flight away from Cape Town.

Have you ever experienced a long-distance relationship? What advice would you give Siya and Rachel for this period in their lives?