Cape Town – Over the weekend, a video capturing the moment when a rugby ball accidentally struck Rachel Kolisi, the wife of Siya Kolisi, garnered widespread attention.
The incident occurred in Cape Town as part of the Rugby World Cup trophy tour, where Rachel accompanied her husband on a bus tour through the city’s streets.
The video shows a fan throwing the ball from a balcony, hoping Siya Kolisi would catch it, but it hit Rachel instead.
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The woman responsible for the throw, a university student named Eva Henry, has come forward to apologise via TikTok.
She admitted her involvement, expressed her regret, and said that the ball had a letter attached to it, which she didn’t reveal.
“Guys I’ve been denying it for a while, I won’t lie to you, but that is me in the video. I hit Rachel Kolisi with a rugby ball,” she said.
She continued: “I did not want to hit the first lady with a rugby ball.”
“Rachel Kolisi, Siya Kolisi or anyone else on the Springbok team, if you are seeing this, I sincerely apologise for hitting the first lady on the head with a rugby ball. I sincerely apologise.”
@eva.henryyy my deepest apologies #SAMA28 #fyp #foryoupage #southafrica #capetown #foryou #foryou #viraltiktok #fypシ #springbok #springbokrugby🏆 #siyakolisi🇿🇦 ♬ Lo-fi hip hop – NAO-K
There was a supportive response in the comments, with many people understanding that it was an accident and expressing sympathy for Rachel Kolisi.
Picture: Facebook/Rachel Kolisi
Compiled by Betha Madhomu