Springboks captain Siya Kolisi had a sleepless night in Japan on Tuesday.It wasn’t because of roommate Cheslin Kolbe’s snoring. Or out of worry over South Africa’s next game at the Rugby World Cup against Italy, although there’s been fretting over that. It was an earthquake, one of around 1,500 Japan has every year. That doesn’t include other “seismic activity” like the approximately 1,000 tremors per day.This quake, relatively gentle, rattled the area around Shizuoka on Japan’s Pacific Coast, and shook Kolisi out of his slumber at the team hotel perched high on a hill overlooking the ocean.“I felt it,” Kolisi said Thursday. “Cheslin was sleeping and snoring so I thought it was him. It was something different. I have never felt anything like that. I was excited but scared at the same time.” Kind of like the Springboks ahead of Italy in Pool B at Shizuoka Stadium on Friday.After losing to defending champion New Zealand at the start of the World Cup, South Africa has had to refocus quickly for Italy. There’s no room for error now.Lose, and South Africa would almost certainly be out in the pool stage of a Rugby World Cup for the first time. The only… Read full this story
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