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ONELIFE #37 – English

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Land Rover’s Onelife magazine showcases stories from around the world that celebrate inner strength and the drive to go Above and Beyond. For this issue of Onelife we visited Maneybhanjang in the Indian Himalaya, where Land Rover Series Is and IIs rule the roost, we followed the north star to the Land Rover Ice Academy in Arjeplog, Sweden, which offers thrilling ice driving action and bring you the story of outdoorsman Monty Halls and his family who are out with a Discovery for a scenic escape in Ireland.


N A V I G A T O R “Children in this township have three options,” Siya Kolisi, Springbok captain and returning local hero tells ONELIFE on location in Zwide, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. “They can get into gangs, get into alcohol or get into rugby.” Worldwide, rugby provides a true test of human capability and delivers sporting entertainment, but in the townships of the Eastern Cape, it also provides salvation. “Rugby saves lives, it’s that simple,” says Kolisi as he pilots a Land Rover Discovery, headed for his childhood club, the African Bombers, towing a very special cargo. Kolisi, the latest captain of his national side and the first black player to ever hold the post grew up in Zwide in difficult circumstances. Against a backdrop of poverty, social unrest and limited opportunity, Kolisi’s prodigious talent as a young loose forward at the African Bombers stood out. A scholarship to the prestigious Grey High School gave him a direct avenue into its allconquering first XV, followed by captaincy of the Cape Town Stormers and, this year, of the Springboks all by the age of 26. Courage, resourcefulness, perseverance and style it’s no wonder that Kolisi eventually became a Land Rover ambassador. This was a partnership with strong synergies, given Land Rover’s 20-year support of rugby, from the grassroots to elite level, including worldwide partnerships of the 2011 and 2015 Rugby World Cups; the 2019 World Cup, to be played in Japan, will see Land Rover return as a main partner for the third time. Through Land Rover’s partnership with Kolisi, the idea was conceived to tow a rugby club housed within a specially customised shipping container back to Zwide and gift this facility to the African Bombers. It’s Kolisi and Land Rover’s way of showing their appreciation to grassroots rugby and to those who volunteer their time to sustain local clubs and communities. Over a period of months, Land Rover carefully re-fabricated a shipping container with all the equipment and facilities lacking at the Zwide stadium, including solar-power electricity, an office space, tactics board, benches, tackle bags, balls, bibs, shirts, kicking tees, water bottles and a changing area. With the club and its coaches acting as a social stabiliser for the local community, a place where young players are as likely to ask for moral guidance and careers advice as they are for tips on how to ruck and maul, the gift was designed to help attract greater numbers of youngsters to training sessions at the club and, in turn, provide them with a more hopeful start in life. The final piece in the jigsaw is for Kolisi to get the container to its destination, using the Discovery’s superior towing capacity and advanced tow assist for a road trip along the coast starting south of Port Elizabeth. Arriving unannounced at the Zwide stadium during midweek training, both Kolisi and the mystery trailer cause an immediate stir. Kolisi is encircled by players from the various male and female junior teams run by the African Bombers, and joins the crowd in a spontaneous song of welcome clapping, singing, whistling and cheering as the evening turns to dusk. As the commotion attracts more and more people to the sports field, it seems the whole town has turned out by the time the doors to the container are finally opened and the full extent of the towable rugby facility is revealed. What follows can only be described as an impromptu festival of rugby, with tackle bags put to immediate use, shirts proudly worn, balls thrown around and mini games of tag rugby breaking out all over the dusty field. Kolisi surveys the immediate impact the towable facility is having on the African Bombers. “If you’re moving forward, try to take as many people with you as you can,” he says. As the Discovery proved in its towing of the shipping container through the savanna, and as Kolisi proved in his devotion to the club that laid the foundations for his career, legends stay forever true to their roots. WATCH THE VIDEO To see how the clubhouse was delivered, search ‘Siya Kolisi and Land Rover‘ 10

Siya Kolisi‘s surprise visit to Zwide sparked scenes of joy, with the new kit quickly put to good use on the playing field 11