Springboks winger Sbu Nkosi. Image via Instagram @sbu_nkosi14.
In a worrying turn of events that came to light this past weekend, it was revealed that Bulls and Springboks wing Sbu Nkosi has been missing for over three weeks now.
Nkosi was last seen and heard from on 11 November, but he has not been heard from since then. The Blue Bulls Company have confirmed they reported a missing persons case to police after multiple attempts to reach Nkosi were unsuccessful.
Since the news became public on Saturday, there have been widespread concerns for Nkosi as the search has intensified.
On Twitter, well-known South African rugby influencer – known as Oom Rugby – took to social media to say that he had heard that Nkosi has “made contact”.
This could be the news that everyone has been waiting for, with fears for Nkosi’s wellbeing having intensified in recent times.
Another report suggests he has been located some 300km from Pretoria.
The 26-year-old’s family has not spoken publicly, but some comments on social media suggest his mother has worryingly not been able to get hold of him as well during this time.
Anyone with further information about the whereabouts, or information that may assist the police, can contact the Sunnyside Police Station on +27 12 422 3600 or contact Crime Stop on +27 8600 10111. You can also email email@example.com.
THIS IS WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE MISSING CASE OF SBU NKOSI:
The Bulls have confirmed that the World Cup-winning wing has been absent without leave for the past three weeks.
Nkosi’s last known contact with any executive, management or playing squad member is Friday 11 November 2022.
There has been no response to phone calls, texts messages, as well as calls from relatives, his partner and close friends.
Four house visits were made to his known place of residence, but there was no sign of Nkosi.
The Blue Bulls company took the decision to open a missing person case with the Brooklyn Police Station (which was subsequently transferred to Sunnyside Police Station), in Pretoria on Thursday 17 November 2022.
The matter now sits with the South African Police Services.
SA Rugby have not publicly commented as yet, with the 26-year-old having had to withdraw from the South Africa A touring squad this past November due to injury.
Nkosi was not named in either of the Bulls’ squads to face Welsh sides Ospreys and Cardiff, although little has been said about the reasons for his absence until now.
Anyone with further information about the whereabouts, or information that may assist the police, can contact the Sunnyside Police Station on +27 12 422 3600 or contact Crime Stop on +27 8600 10111. You may also email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coach Jake White refused to answer questions around Nkosi this week. “The less I say at this stage, the better,” said White.
Back in October, Nkosi was reportedly sent home early from the Bulls’ overseas United Rugby Championship tour for breaking team protocols. According to Sunday newspaper Rapport at that time, Nkosi was told to return to Mzansi after the 16-Test capped wing missed a team meeting in Ireland.
Nkosi has scored nine tries in his 16 Tests for the Springboks. Earlier this year the powerful wing was recalled into the wider Springbok group, but after issues with injuries and form, he has not actually played for South Africa since October last year.