Springbok captain Siya Kolisi has become the first rugby union figure to sign a deal with Jay-Z's management company Roc Nation Sports.
According to numerous reports, Isaac Lugudde-Katwe, Roc Nation’s International Director, has confirmed the signing of Kolisi, who skippered the Springboks to World Cup success.
It’s claimed that Kolisi met with Roc Nation Sports International President Michael Yormark in London while doing promotional work for Adidas. He also spent time in Liverpool watching the English Premier League club take on Napoli.
Roc Nation has been moving beyond US borders in the last few years, having snapped up footballers Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne, but the signing of Kolisi would represent their first move into rugby union.
Jay-Z's organisation also represents athletes in boxing, baseball, basketball and American football back home.
Hip hop artist Jay-Z set up Roc Nation in 2008 before a foray into sports management in 2013 through a link-up with the LA-based agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA).