A South African world champion has been reported missing.
Sbu Nkosi, 26, was last in contact with his club, the Bulls, on November 11.
The Pretoria-based team said they contacted police six days later when their “serious concern” grew.
The 2021-22 United Rugby Championship runners-up said in a statement: “Sbu Nkosi has been absent without a holiday for the past three weeks.
“Nkosi’s last known contact with a member of senior management, management or the playing squad was Friday November 11th, 2022.
“After numerous failed attempts, including phone calls, text messages, calls to relatives, partners and close friends, and four home visits to his known place of residence, the company has made the decision to open a missing person case at the Brooklyn Police Station (which subsequently became Sunnyside Police Station was relocated) in Pretoria on Thursday 17th November 2022.
“This resulted from the deep concern and concern of everyone at Loftus, as well as the need for expert assistance from the South African Police Services.
“We appreciate both the public and media interest in the matter as we all share the same concerns about player safety.
“However, we ask that you understand that we are unable to comment further on this matter as it is now with the South African Police Services.”
Anyone with information was asked to contact the police.
Bulls CEO Edgar Rathbone told IOL Sport: “All I can say right now is I really hope he’s safe.”
Nkosi made his Springboks debut in 2018 and was part of the team that won the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
The winger grabbed a try en route to South Africa’s third world title.
He has played for the Bokke a total of 16 times, making nine tries.
The rugby star switched from the Sharks to the Bulls this year and was called up for his national team’s international tour of Europe in the autumn, which culminated in a stunning 27-13 win over England.
However, on October 30, he suffered a rib injury and was forced to retire from the squad.
Nkosi was sent home early from the Bulls’ recent tour of Ireland after a protocol break, as he missed a team meeting to see a friend in Dublin and did not play Munster on October 15.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6836702/south-africa-world-cup-sbu-nkosi-reported-missing/ South African world champion Sbu Nkosi was reported missing after his club release statement expressed “great concern”.