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Rugby: Springbok winger Nkosi reveals that his disappearance was linked to "mental pressure"


The world champion, missing for three weeks, said he needed to breathe. He will take a break before resuming rugby.

Reported missing for three weeks before being located at his father's house, the Bulls and Springboks winger confided in the South African newspaper News24.

The world champion explains that the mental pressure linked to professional rugby led him to disappear for three weeks.

I am much better.

There are obviously a lot of things to say that I can't say out loud, but my condition is improving

, said Sbu Nkosi (26 years old, 16 caps).

It was just a lot of mental pressure.

It's been building up for a few years now.

I was just trying to stay calm.

It was a battle.

I'm at a point where I have to prioritize the person before the rugby player.


"I curled up in a bubble at my father's house.


Sbu Nkosi

I just needed time.

I curled up in a bubble at my father's house.

Who manages my mental state on a daily basis

, deepened Nkosi.

I am not special or different or unique in any way.

I think that's something to focus on a bit more whether you're up top or down.

It's always a rollercoaster… Maybe a little effort should be made on how guys deal with the wave of emotions that come with good times and bad.


The player told his club, the Pretoria Bulls franchise, that he would like to take a break but would like to return in the future.

Bulls officials told him on Tuesday that they would offer him their support.

The Bulls will play in the Champions Cup for the first time this season, with a meeting against Lyon this Saturday.

Source: lefigaro

All sports articles on 2022-12-06

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