Sbu Nkosi Springbok

Former Springbok winger Sbu Nkosi. Image via Instagram @sbu_nkosi14.

Where is forgotten Springbok Sbu Nkosi?

Former Springbok World Cup winner Sbu Nkosi left the Bulls earlier this year. So, where is the 27-year-old now, and is his rugby career over?

Sbu Nkosi Springbok

Former Springbok winger Sbu Nkosi. Image via Instagram @sbu_nkosi14.

After disappearing without any word in December 2022, Nkosi was eventually found after a worrying search, having ultimately been tracked down at his father’s house in Emalahleni, Mpumalanga.

Nkosi ultimately revealed he had been contending with severe mental health battles after going missing for a few weeks once again.


Previous attempts to assist him in finding help for mental health issues seemingly hadn’t worked out as hoped, and his once flourishing rugby career was somewhat put aside before eventually returning to action for the Bulls.

However, some concerns were flagged once again after Nkosi apparently “came and went” from training without any communication, and ultimately he was released by the Bulls.

Nkosi, who formed part of the Springboks’ World Cup winning team in 2019, featured for the World XV in a friendly at Twickenham against the Barbarians in May, but there was no clarity on where he would head next after his turbulent time at the Bulls came to an end.

Back in June, his agent Anthony Johnson said he was in need of a “fresh start”: “He just wants a new place to play his rugby, a fresh start and a different mindset,” Johnson said at the time.

“He enjoyed his little stint with the Barbarians, which invigorated his desire to play rugby. He thoroughly enjoyed that, a different way of doing things and a different mindset. That’s what he’s looking for.”

ALSO READ | Major update on top Springbok after scary illness

No word on Sbu Nkosi and his playing future

With Nkosi seemingly taking an indefinite break from the game, it was thought that perhaps he could find an opportunity at a side such as the Cheetahs, Pumas or Griquas, or possibly find a club overseas.

Yet, there has been no indication that Nkosi is still closely involved in the game.

A few weeks ago, a social media follower asked Nkosi where he was, and received the following reply: “It doesn’t matter where I am physically if I’m in your heart bro.”

ALSO READ | Stomers to lose out on signing big money Springbok?

Highly talented player

The powerful wing featured in 16 Tests for the Springboks, but has not featured for the national side since 2021.

Earlier this year, Rassie Erasmus said he hoped Sbu Nkosi stays in South Africa to work his way into the Springbok reckoning once again.

“Looking at his age and how well he played for us, we just hope that we can see him somewhere as soon as possible to make himself a contender again and we [can] start comparing him to other players,” said Erasmus as the Boks continued their preparations for the opening match of the Rugby Championship against Australia at Loftus next weekend. 

“Hopefully he stays in South Africa because that will be fantastic. If he goes abroad to the French Top 14 or he goes to Japan, the nice thing is that we have worked with him and we can follow how he is doing. 

“I never talk about players’ personal lives and I also don’t know the insides of what is going on there, but we just hope that as soon as possible we can see him somewhere.  That will allow us to judge or rate him against the guys who are playing in the Springboks team on Saturday.” 

It shouldn’t be forgotten that Nkosi also has a massive passion for music, having previously released a rap song called “Off the Clock”, under the stage name of Lawd Odin.

At this moment, it appears that the former Springbok is taking the time to look after his mental health, while putting his rugby career on the backburner… for now at least.

ALSO READ: More Springboks coming home to South African rugby