WATCH: Siya Kolisi and Tendai Mtawarira star in Martin Brundle’s iconic grid walk at the Monaco Grand Prix

Dylan Coetzee
Split with Siya Kolisi and Tendai Mtawarira.

Split with Siya Kolisi and Tendai Mtawarira.

Springboks greats Siya Kolisi and Tendai Mtawarira briefly stole the spotlight on the grid before the start of the F1 Grand Prix in Monaco on Sunday.

The Monaco Grand Prix is renowned for pulling in all the world’s greatest stars from actors to athletes; anyone who is anyone tries to make their way to the spectacular street circuit.

Grid walk

Part of the order of the event allows these invited stars to mingle on the grid just before the race gets going, which is where Sky Sports veteran broadcaster Martin Brundle does his iconic grid walk.

Brundle managed to corner Kolisi, who was in the Red Bull area as an athlete for the brand, but, after the double Rugby World Cup-winning captain showed off his knowledge of the sport, he spotted an old friend, Mtawarira.

Kolisi broke off into a massive bear hug with his former teammate in a wholesome moment which humorously took Brundle aback.

The inspirational leader was with the Red Bull set up the whole race weekend and could be seen helping push cars in during pitstop training with the team.

Kolisi also joked that he could sign for the racing team as a reserve driver, although he also revealed that he would need to lose a lot of his mass as he could not fit in the car.

Test season loading

It is almost time for Kolisi to trade the blue and white of Racing 92 for the green and gold of the Springboks where it will finally be decided whether he keeps his captaincy or not.

There is no question of his leadership qualities, but head coach of the Springboks, Rassie Erasmus, has openly admitted to preferring a locally-based captain.

However, he is willing to consider Kolisi retaining the armband should Paris-based Racing 92 be willing to release the flank for camps and Tests.

The Springboks’ first international of the season is on June 22 against Wales where no overseas players will be available as it falls outside of the Test window.

Springboks fixtures

Saturday, 22 June: Springboks vs Wales (Twickenham, London)
Saturday, 6 July: Springboks vs Ireland (Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria)
Saturday, 13 July: Springboks vs Ireland (Hollywoodbets Kings Park, Durban)
Saturday, 20 July: Springboks vs Portugal (Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein)
Saturday, 10 August: Australia vs Springboks (Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane)
Saturday, 17 August: Australia vs Springboks (Optus Stadium, Perth)
Saturday, 31 August: Springboks vs New Zealand (Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg)
Saturday, 7 September: Springboks v New Zealand (DHL Stadium, Cape Town)
Saturday, 21 September: Argentina v Springboks (venue TBC)
Saturday, 28 September: Springboks v Argentina (Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit)
Sunday, 10 November: Scotland vs Springboks (Murrayfield, Edinburgh)
Saturday, 16 November: England vs Springboks (Twickenham, London)
Saturday, 23 November: Wales vs Springboks (Principality Stadium, Cardiff)

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