Cape Town - Winger Cheslin Kolbe, who is set for his first Springbok start against the Wallabies in Port Elizabeth on Saturday, says his lack of size is not an issue.
The 24-year-old, who stands at 5ft 7in and weighs 80kg, has often had to prove wrong doubters who label him too small for top-level rugby.
“I get that a lot, as I always say, I’m not the biggest guy on the field, but playing against opposition who are bigger than me is something that just excites me,” Kolbe said in Port Elizabeth on Thursday, as quoted by Netwerk24.
“I enjoy showing others that you don’t have to only have size, you have to just have the right belief, mindset and attitude to perform just as well as the bigger guy.”
Kolbe, who came off the bench in South Africa's last two Tests in the Rugby Championship, added that Australia’s back three of wingers Marika Koroibete and Israel Folau and fullback Dane Haylett-Petty will pose a stern test.
“They’re very good in the air and on attack. It will be a massive challenge for me, Aphiwe (Dyantyi) and Willie (le Roux) to show we’re just as good.”