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Sbu Nkosi OUT of Springboks’ Test v Wales due to visa issues

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Nov 1, 2021

Springbok wing Sbu Nkosi will miss Saturday’s Test against Wales in Cardiff having still not arrived in the country due to passport and visa issues.

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According to Sunday’s Rapport newspaper, while Nkosi does has a valid passport, he has too few blank pages in it to be able to apply for a visa.

As a result, he has had to apply for a new passport before he can apply for his Schengen visa.

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Incredibly, Nkosi had been instructed by SA Rugby in June to get his passport in order, but was reportedly unable to do so because of the Covid-19 pandemic and “other issues”.

Assistant coach Deon Davids confirmed on Monday afternoon that Nkosi had yet to join the squad in Cardiff.

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“In terms of Sbu Nkosi, there are logistical issues that need clarifying and he will hopefully join us soon. He is not yet with the squad, but all the other players are with the squad.”

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With coach Jacques Nienaber due to name his match-day squad on Tuesday at 12:00 SA time, there is NO chance Nkosi will be part of that line-up, despite Davids somewhat puzzlingly stating that it was a “possibility” his non-arrival – and therefore absence from training – would rule the flyer out of contention.

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“As I said, a lot of players came in a bit late and are still busy with their medical assessments. Obviously, his situation will also be discussed.”

In Nkosi’s absence, Makazole Mapimpi is expected to shift to the right wing with Aphelele Fassi earning a well-deserved start in the No 11 jersey.

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Regular wing Cheslin Kolbe will play no part in the Springboks’ end-of-year tour Tests against Wales, Scotland and England.

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