Springbok rugby winger Sbu Nkosi has been missing for three weeks. The Blue Bulls Company said in a statement that Nkosi, who signed with the Vodacom Bulls in May this year, “has been absent without leave for the past three weeks”. UPDATE 5 DECEMBER 2022: Missing Springbok rugby player Sbu Nkosi has been found safe and sound!
The Bulls said his last known contact with any executive, management or playing squad member is Friday 11 November 2022. He was reported missing less than a week later.
“After numerous failed attempts, which include but are not limited to phone calls, texts messages, calls to relatives, partner and close friends as well as four house visits to his known place of residence, the 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.
“This resulted from the grave worry and concern of everyone at Loftus as well as the need for the expert assistance of the South African Police Services,” said the Blue Bulls.
“We appreciate both the public and media interest in the matter, as we all share the same concerns about the player’s safety. However, we ask that you understand that we cannot make any further comments on the matter as it now sits with the South African Police Services.”
Nkosi (full name S’busiso Romeo Nkosi) has played 16 tests for South Africa and was part of the Springbok squad that won the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
The 26-year-old, who studied at Jeppe High School for Boys, Hoërskool Barberton and University of KwaZulu-Natal, was named in South Africa’s squad for their tests against Ireland, France, Italy and England in November, but was ruled out of the autumn internationals after suffering a rib injury while playing for the Bulls in the United Rugby Championship.
If you have any information that could help the police find Sbu Nkosi, please contact the Sunnyside Police Station on +27 12 422 3600 or contact Crime Stop on +27 8600 10111. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org with any info that may assist.
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