People always talk about how tough football players are, but they are not even in my top three in terms of tough athletes.
I would put hockey players, cyclists, and rugby players at the top of my pile.
Hockey players get hit in the teeth by a puck and return to the game after getting stitched up. I have seen cyclists fall off the side of a mountain, climb back up with all kinds of cuts and even broken bones, and still get back on the bike and finish the race.
Then there are rugby players, who play a sport just as violent as football, only they have on pads or helmets.
One of those maniacs, Nick Koster, has sadly passed away at the young age of 34, reported The South African.
Koster was a rising star in the mid-2000s, earning his bones through the Western Province and making his Currie Cup debut in 2008.
Wednesday, word arrived that he had passed away, hitting his former mates and fans of the sport very hard.
A former coach, Gary Gold, stated, “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. RIP buddy!”
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. RIP buddy 🙏💔😢 https://t.co/adivoGDOaM
— Gary Gold (@Garygoldrugby) July 12, 2023
The team for which he once starred, the Stormers, also stated, “The WP Rugby community is saddened to learn of the passing of former DHL Stormers and DHL WP player Nick Koster.
“An incredibly talented player who represented DHL WP from age-group level and earned 26 DHL Stormers caps, he will be dearly missed,” reported Sports Manor.
Nick’s cause of death is not yet known, but it is currently under investigation.