Concerns are growing about the safety and well-being of Bulls and Springbok winger Sbu Nkosi, whose whereabouts have remained unknown for nearly three weeks.
The 26-year-old has not reported for duty at Loftus since November 14, just over a week after it was announced that he would miss South Africa’s ‘A’ tour to Europe due to a rib injury sustained in the URC match against the Sharks.
The Bulls and his family, particularly his mother, have been unable to contact him.
According to reports, the police have also been notified.
For the time being, the Bulls are hoping he returns soon.
“All I can say is that we hope Sbu is at least safe despite his seclusion,” Bulls CEO Edgar Rathbone told News24 on Saturday morning.
“We’ve been trying to contact him nonstop, but our efforts have so far been fruitless. Everyone is very concerned.”
Nkosi, who has been plagued by injury issues over the past year, signed with the Loftus-based franchise in mid-year in an attempt to restart his career, especially given his longstanding relationship with director of rugby Jake White.
But, in October, he was sent home early from the team’s URC tour after breaking protocol by missing a team meeting after receiving permission to visit a friend in Dublin.
Nkosi later informed his employer that he would fully cooperate and was promptly selected again before the injury setback against his former franchise, the Durbanites.
White was asked about the player during Friday’s team announcement for Saturday’s match against Cardiff, but he declined to comment.
“The less I say right now, the better.”
Nkosi’s lack of discipline – or, at the very least, organisation – has been a recurring issue. He also missed a Springbok training camp and a Test against Wales last year because he failed to renew his passport on time, despite repeated requests from SA Rugby.
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