As part of the judgement after World Rugby issued a charge of misconduct against Rassie Erasmus, the director of rugby has been suspended with immediate effect from all rugby activities for two months.
In addition, he has been banned from all match-day activities (including coaching, contact with match officials, and media engagement) until 30 September, 2022.
It means Erasmus will obviously not be able to accompany the team to Twickenham for Saturday’s clash against England, and Kolisi detailed why he would be missed for more than the obvious reasons.
“It will be tough because his presence makes a huge difference to us as a group,” Kolisi said. “He’s got excellent rugby insights and there are things he sees in the field that we don’t see.
“It helps quite a lot because he’s a person who has played rugby at this level and he knows how to motivate us on the field.
“When those subs are made (and he’s on the sidelines), you start to question what you’ve done, but he explains that,” Kolisi added.
“That makes a huge difference because he knows how we are as players and how competitive we are … He’ll tell me straight that they felt I was tired or they needed more at the breakdown. We’ll miss him, but we know the coaching staff has plans.”
Assistant coach Mzwandile Stick added that Erasmus was a “special guy” who the team would play for in his absence.
“He cares about Springbok rugby and all the families involved. We’ll miss him, but his spirit will be there. I think his absence will be motivation for us to play even better because we know what he’s done for us in the team.
“We will play for him. He’s a very special guy.”