RIP Nick Koster: Who is late Stormers rugby player? [photos]

The South African rugby fraternity is mourning the tragic and untimely loss of Nick Koster, a former Stormers player.

The young player was just 34 years old.


On Wednesday, 12 July, social media was flooded with reports of Nick Koster’s death.

Former Springboks coach Gary Gold tweeted: “Absolutely devastated to hear the news of Nick’s passing. One of the best schoolboy rugby players to have ever played the game and an outstanding person and friend. You will be sorely missed”.

Nick’s former team, Bath Rugby, shared in a statement: “Everyone at Bath Rugby would like to extend their heartfelt sympathies to Nick’s family, friends and teammates. 

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“He will be sorely missed and will always remain part of the Bath Rugby family”.

Details of his death have yet to be established.


Here are five facts about Nick Koster…

Born and bred in Mzansi

Nick was born in Robertson, Western Cape, on 22 February 1989. He attended the prestigious rugby school Bishop’s College in Cape Town, where he was appointed as captain of the first team

He played for the Stormers

Nick Coster played provincially for the Western Cape in 2008 at just 19 years old. He joined the Stormers from 2009 – 2012.

Nick Koster (L) of The Stormers tackles Beauden Barrett of the Hurricanes during the Super 15 Rugby Match between the DHL Stormers and the Hurricanes at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town, on February 25, 2012. Photo by RON GAUNT / AFP

Move to England

In 2012, Nick Koster moved to the UK, joining Bath Rugby club. A year later, Nick joined Bristol Bears, where he played until 2017.

Nick later enrolled at Cambridge University to study social innovation. He joined the university rugby team, where he played as men’s captain in 2018.

Nick’s last known team was the Cornish Pirates, where he played from 2018 – 2022

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A young Nick Koster.
Image via Facebook: @nick.koster.10

He was a husband and father

Nick Koster was married to beautiful blonde Jeannie Koster

The couple tied the knot in 2015 in a picturesque wedding at Nooitgedacht Wine Estate in Stellenbosch.

The couple shared a daughter; Peyton.

He was a philanthropist

Nick joined UK charity Project Zulu, which funded disadvantaged South African children to tour the UK.

He told BBC in 2015: “Apartheid did terrible damage to the educational prospects of so many of our poorest young people.

“It’s an honour to be able to support Project Zulu’s work in supporting township primary schools”.

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