Springbok wing Cheslin Kolbe has picked playing against the British & Irish Lions over representing the Blitzboks at the Olympics for next year.
The World Cup winner was always eager to represent his country at the Olympics but with the two events going to take place at the same time due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Olympics which was supposed to be held in Tokyo this year has been postpone to 23 July to August 8 2021 which will be at the same time as the Lions tour.
“It’s a tough decision but I would definitely choose taking on the British and Irish Lions,” he told Planet Rugby in an exclusive interview.
“Although I would love to play Sevens for my country at the Tokyo Olympics, to be part of a British and Irish Lions series is a goal I really want to achieve and I would like to be a part of that because it only happens every 12 years (that they tour South Africa).
“Next year would be my only chance to face them, if I do get selected (for the Springboks), as I won’t be around for their next tour so I would definitely go for that option.”
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