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.
RIP: HOW DID NICK KOSTER DIE?
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.
FIVE FACTS ABOUT EX-STORMERS PLAYER
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.
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
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”.