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S'busiso Romeo Nkosi (born 21 January 1996) is a South African rugby union player for the South Africa national team and the Sharks in Super Rugby.[3] His regular position is winger.

S'busiso Nkosi
Full nameS'busiso Romeo Nkosi
Date of birth (1996-01-21) 21 January 1996 (age 23)
Place of birthBarberton, South Africa
Height1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)[1]
Weight97 kg (15 st 4 lb; 214 lb)[2]
SchoolBarberton High School and Jeppe High School for Boys, Johannesburg
UniversityUniversity of KwaZulu-Natal
Rugby union career
Position(s) Winger
Current team Sharks
Youth Career
2012 Pumas
2013–2014 Golden Lions
2015–2017 Sharks
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2016 UKZN Impi 6 (15)
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2016–2017 Sharks XV 6 (0)
2017–present Sharks 34 (35)
2017–2018 Sharks (Currie Cup) 16 (55)
Correct as of 7 July 2019
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2016 South Africa Under-20 3 (0)
2018–present South Africa 10 (40)
Correct as of 21 October 2019

Rugby careerEdit

2012–2014 : Youth rugby – Pumas and Golden LionsEdit

Nkosi was born and grew up in Barberton. In 2012, his local Pumas team called him up to represent them at the Under-16 Grant Khomo Week tournament, where Nkosi made three appearances. He attended Barberton High School till Grade 10 there after moving to Johannesburg to attend Jeppe High School for Boys, where he earned selections in the Golden Lions' Under-18 Craven Week team in both 2013 and 2014. He scored a try in the unofficial final of the 2013 tournament in Polokwane, but his side fell short, losing 29–45 to Western Province.[4]

2015–2016 : Sharks, UKZN Impi and South Africa Under-20Edit

After high school, Nkosi moved to Durban to join the Sharks. He made eleven starts for the Sharks U19 team in the 2015 Under-19 Provincial Championship, scoring seven tries – he scored two tries against the Leopards U19 in Durban[5] and a further two tries on his return to Johannesburg to face the Golden Lions U19s,[6] a try in both their home and away matches against Blue Bulls U19,[7][8] and one try against Western Province U19.[9] His try-scoring exploits saw him finish as his side's top try scorer, and joint-sixth overall in Group A of the competition,[10] in a disappointing season for the Sharks that saw them finish bottom of the log.[11]

Nkosi made six appearances for the UKZN Impi in the 2016 Varsity Shield competition, scoring one try against UWC[12] and two in their 63–30 victory over the TUT Vikings[13] as his side won seven of their eight matches in the competition. They would have finished joint-top of the log with Wits,[14] but had 12 points deducted for fielding an ineligible player, being demoted to third place on the log and missing out on the title play-offs and a shot at promotion to the Varsity Cup.[15]

In March 2016, Nkosi was included in a South Africa Under-20 training squad,[16] and made the cut to be named in a reduced provisional squad a week later.[17] He was released from the South Africa Under-20s training camp to play two matches for the Sharks XV in the 2016 Currie Cup qualification series – playing off the bench in a 48–18 victory over Namibian side the Welwitschias in his first class debut[18] and starting their 24–16 victory over Western Province a fortnight later[19] – before being included in the final South Africa Under-20 squad for the 2016 World Rugby Under 20 Championship tournament to be held in Manchester, England.[20] He started in their opening match in Pool C of the tournament as South Africa came from behind to beat Japan 59–19.[21] He also started their other two pool matches as South Africa were beaten 13–19 by Argentina in their second match,[22] but bounced back to secure a 40-31 bonus-point victory over France in their final pool match[23] to secure a semi-final place as the best runner-up in the competition. Nkosi suffered a thigh injury which ruled him out of the remainder of the competition,[24] so he didn't feature in the semi-final – where they faced three-time champions England, with the hosts proved too strong, knocking South Africa out of the competition with a 39–17 victory[25] – or their final match, the third-place play-off against Argentina. Argentina beat South Africa for the second time in the tournament, convincingly winning 49–19[26] to condemn South Africa to fourth place in the competition.

Nkosi was included in the Sharks' squad for the 2016 Currie Cup Premier Division,[27] but did not get any game time, instead making three appearances for the Sharks U21 team in the 2016 Under-21 Provincial Championship. At the end of October 2016, he was included in the Sharks Super Rugby squad for the 2017 season.[28]

Nkosi was named in South Africa's squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.[29] South Africa went on to win the tournament, defeating England in the final.[30]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://briefly.co.za/37030-sbu-nkosi-biography-age-measurements-100m-time-injury-high-school-current-team-stats-salary-instagram.html
  2. ^ https://briefly.co.za/37030-sbu-nkosi-biography-age-measurements-100m-time-injury-high-school-current-team-stats-salary-instagram.html
  3. ^ "SA Rugby Player Profile – S'busiso Nkosi". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  4. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Western Province 45-29 Golden Lions". South African Rugby Union. 13 July 2013. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  5. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Sharks U19 37-40 Leopards U19". South African Rugby Union. 1 August 2015. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  6. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Golden Lions U19 28-22 Sharks U19". South African Rugby Union. 19 September 2015. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  7. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Blue Bulls U19 39-21 Sharks U19". South African Rugby Union. 17 July 2015. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  8. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Sharks U19 20-31 Blue Bulls U19". South African Rugby Union. 25 September 2015. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  9. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Sharks U19 8-21 Western Province U19". South African Rugby Union. 12 September 2015. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  10. ^ "SA Rugby Try Scorers – 2015 Absa Under 19 Competition". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  11. ^ "SA Rugby Log – 2015 Absa Under 19 Competition". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  12. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – FNB UWC 13-24 FNB UKZN". South African Rugby Union. 8 February 2016. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  13. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – FNB TUT 30-63 FNB UKZN". South African Rugby Union. 18 February 2016. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  14. ^ "SA Rugby Log – 2016 FNB Varsity Shield presented by Steinhoff International". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  15. ^ "FNB UKZN docked points in the Varsity Shield" (Press release). Varsity Cup. 5 April 2016. Archived from the original on 18 April 2016. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  16. ^ "Large group invited to Junior Springbok trials camp". South African Rugby Union. 24 March 2016. Archived from the original on 31 May 2016. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  17. ^ "Theron names provisional Junior Springbok squad". South African Rugby Union. 1 April 2016. Archived from the original on 31 May 2016. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  18. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Cell C Sharks XV 48-18 Windhoek Draught Welwitschias". South African Rugby Union. 23 April 2016. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  19. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Cell C Sharks XV 24-16 DHL Western Province". South African Rugby Union. 7 May 2016. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  20. ^ "Ward to lead Junior Springboks in England". South African Rugby Union. 10 May 2016. Archived from the original on 31 May 2016. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  21. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – South Africa U20 59-19 Japan U20". South African Rugby Union. 7 June 2016. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  22. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – South Africa U20 13-19 Argentina U20". South African Rugby Union. 11 June 2016. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  23. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – South Africa U20 40-31 France U20". South African Rugby Union. 15 June 2016. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  24. ^ "Junior Springbok camp update - Jeremy Ward cited". South African Rugby Union. 22 June 2016. Archived from the original on 3 November 2016. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  25. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – England U20 39-17 South Africa U20". South African Rugby Union. 20 June 2016. Retrieved 27 June 2016.
  26. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Argentina U20 49-19 South Africa U20". South African Rugby Union. 25 June 2016. Retrieved 27 June 2016.
  27. ^ "SA Rugby Squad – Cell C Sharks : 2016 Currie Cup Premier Division". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  28. ^ "Pre-season training squad announcement" (Press release). Sharks. 31 October 2016. Archived from the original on 31 October 2016. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  29. ^ "South Africa World Cup squad: Siya Kolisi wins fitness battle, Eben Etzebeth backed, Aphiwe Dyantyi dropped". Independent. 26 August 2019. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  30. ^ "England 12-32 South Africa: Springboks win World Cup for record-equalling third time". BBC. 2 November 2019. Retrieved 3 November 2019.

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