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Bulls confirm signing of Boks star Sbu Nkosi

Sbu Nkosi of South Africa during the South African national men's rugby training session at Peffermill Playing Fields on November 09, 2021 in Edinburgh.
Sbu Nkosi of South Africa during the South African national men's rugby training session at Peffermill Playing Fields on November 09, 2021 in Edinburgh.
Image: STEVE HAAG

Bulls coach Jake White has confirmed the signing of Springbok wing Sbu Nkosi from the Sharks.

TimesLIVE revealed in March that the 2019 World Cup winner wasn’t going to renew his deal with the Sharks in favour of a move back to Gauteng where he was schooled.

White confirmed on Friday that the 26-year-old player will move to Pretoria at the end of the current United Rugby Championship (URC).

Nkosi has been earmarked to replace Madosh Tambwe who will leave the franchise at the end of the season.

Tambwe is believed to be on his way to French side Bordeaux.

“I think his (Nkosi) deal starts when Madosh goes. Ours is not done on the basis that he arrives early,” White said in a press conference on Friday.

“I think when his season ends at the Sharks and obviously they are done and dusted, he will pack and move back to Joburg where he comes from.

“There’s no intention of anyone joining us before the end of the season, I’m talking about players from other unions in SA.”

The Barberton-born Nkosi completed his matric at Jeppe High School for Boys in Johannesburg.

While they have to wait for the end of the season for Nkosi to join them, White confirmed that lock Ruan Vermaak, 24, from Red Hurricanes of Japan will join the side before the Bulls trip to play the Ospreys.

“The only guy who is joining us next week is Ruan Vermaak. His Japanese season is finished. He will be available as an extra forward for us from next week onwards,” White said.

The Bulls play the Welsh team in the final pool game of their URC campaign on Friday, May 20.

Just like the Sharks and Stormers, the Bulls have secured their spot in the URC playoffs.


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