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Bulls confirm signing of World Cup winner Sbu Nkosi

By Kim Ekin
Sbu Nkosi /Getty

Jake White’s Bulls have confirmed the signing of Sbu Nkosi from the United Rugby Championship rivals the Sharks.


The 2019 World Cup-winning star is set to join from July 1 ahead of their second season in the URC which will begin in the second half of the year. Nkosi will replace Madosh Tambwe, who is off to Bordeaux next season.

Nkosi (26) was born in the Mpumalanga town of Barberton and attended Jeppe High School for Boys.

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The elusive winger was a member of the Junior Springbok side that placed fourth in the World Rugby Under-20 Championship in England in 2016. He subsequently went on to play for the Cell C Sharks, where he made over 60 appearances before joining the Vodacom Bulls.

Nkosi has made 16 appearances for the Springboks since his debut in 2018.

“We are obviously delighted to have a player of Sbu Nkosi’s calibre joining our ranks at the Vodacom Bulls,” said Vodacom Bulls director of rugby, Jake White.

“He is a proven quality player who is respected internationally based on his track record for the Cell C Sharks and on the international stage for the Springboks. To be able to secure the services of a World Cup-winning player will be a big boost for us.


“We are confident that we have plenty to gain from Nkosi where he will contribute alongside some of our senior players and also be able to impart his knowledge and experience onto our young talent, whom I am convinced will be eager to learn from him.”

Nkosi says he is thrilled to make the switch.

“I am thrilled to be joining the Vodacom Bulls, where I will play alongside some of the most exciting talent in the country while working under some of the globally respected coaches,” responded Nkosi.

“I have had some of my best years at the Cell C Sharks where I also became a Springbok. I think I have served my time and contributed what I could at the franchise. I am most grateful to the Cell C Sharks – the coaches, players and staff – for some of the most memorable years in Durban and the support given to me. Of course, the fans have always been a big part of my career. Without their support I would never have enjoyed my time over the years as I have done.


“I now have an opportunity for a fresh start in Tshwane, where I hope to make a positive impact and give my best in the effort to assist the Vodacom Bulls remaining a force in South African rugby and also becoming one of the top rugby sides globally.”


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