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Springbok winger reported missing in South Africa

By Ian Cameron
Cheslin Kolbe and Sbu Nkosi of South Africa A after the final whistle during the tour match between South Africa "A" and British & Irish Lions at Cape Town Stadium on July 14, 2021 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Springbok winger Sbu Nkosi has been reported missing from the Bulls camp – according to South African news outlets.

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According to Netwerk 24, the out-of-favour Springbok has not turned up at Bulls training since 14 November. More worryingly, it is also being revealed that his family have also reported the winger missing to police in South Africa.

Nkosi was meant to tour with South Africa ‘A’ as they took on Munster and Bristol Bears in November, touring alongside the senior Springbok squad,  but a rib injury ruled him out.

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The winger who featured at the Rugby World Cup in Japan has fallen down the pecking order in recent years and was sent home from a Bulls tour of Ireland and Wales back in October after missing a curfew, apparently to visit a friend.

RugbyPass understands that Nkosi had similar off-field transgressions during his career and that Jake White’s Bulls came down hard on him to send a message as a result of the latest breach.

Shortly after he was sent home a rib injury ruled him out of the Springboks tour, which was noted in a SA Rugby statement back on November 4th.

“It is unfortunate for Sbu, Marco, and Jan-Hendrik that they have been ruled out of the tour and I am sure they are very disappointed, but injuries are part of the game,” said Stick. “This has opened the door for Elrigh, Leolin and JJ to get an opportunity to show showcase their skills and I’m sure they’ll want to make the most of this opportunity.

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“Elrigh, Marco and Sbu have all been in the national system in the last two seasons, and as coaches we know what we have in them…”

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In 2016 the elusive winger was part of the Junior Springbok team that finished fourth at the World Rugby Under-20 Championship in Manchester, England. He then went on to represent the Cell C Sharks, making over 60 appearances for the coastal side before signing for the Vodacom Bulls.

Nkosi was born in the Mpumalanga town of Barberton and completed his schooling at Jeppe High School for Boys.

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