Arguably the star of the Craven Week last season, you could not have called the Craven week winner unless you were from Eastern Province.
Young Curwin Bosch has a bright future ahead of him. He however is taking it all in his stride. He has been courted by a few unions with media reports insisting all top five of South Africa’s unions are after his signature.
Benedict Chanakira managed to catch up with the humble first-five who was eager to discuss his debut season, when he will decide his future, who he will sign for and Craven Week 2015!
BC- Hi, how are you Curwin?
Howzat man, I’m great thank you! Currently busy with cape schools but all good hey!
BC- How has the season been?
It’s been a great season for me as an individual and for our team. It’s a bit more difficult for myself as people know me and I’m marked, but I guess that comes with the experience. Otherwise I think I’ve handled everything pretty well so I’m hoping to finish with a good Craven Week.
BC- Have you made a choice, on which union you will be playing rugby at after school?
I have decided that I’m going to commit my after school rugby after the Craven Week. I’ve seen a few unions and all sound very promising which makes the decision very difficult, but that’s a decision to be made after Craven Week.
BC- You are dubbed as a future Springbok. How do you manage the expectation?
Lots of people wanting to know how I handle the expectation but to be honest I really don’t think about that too often, making an impact at SR and CC level is my primary goal at the moment. There are lots of expectation especially from school boys but with time you start to realise that it’s not about pleasing them, we all have bad days and those are part of rugby.
BC- What has been your highlight for 2015?
My highlight for 2015 is most definitely just playing school boy rugby for the last time with guys that I basically grew up with, and having the privilege to Captain the side in the 1st game of the 2015 season.
BC- What have been your lowlights in 2015?
My lowlight would be losing to Paul Roos at home and being the 1st team to lose at home in 3 years.
BC-Looking at the Craven Week ahead, what are your expectations considering the amazing season EP Kings had last year?
I’m not expecting anything other than going out there and enjoying a good week of rugby, where you can see the best in the country going up against each other. We have a good side and have a good bunch of guys so we should enjoy each ourselves, which will bring out the best in us.
BC- If you were tasked with selecting a Springbok XV, who would make that side?
I’d rather not select a Springbok XV at the moment, but it’s going be tough for selectors as some players have put up their hands, but whichever side is selected for the RWC will be a good side and will be among the best at the RWC.
BC- What was your best game in 2013 (his debut year as well)?
My best game in 2013 would most definitely be my first 1st team game for Grey high school. I was 15 years old and the coach called me start for the 1st team against Paul Roos which was almost unbelievable for me. I played very well that day, converting two tries, 3 penalties resulting in 13 points.
BC- How was it training with the Sharks? (Curwin found himself training with the Sharks for two days.)
*a chuckle* I enjoyed it a lot to be honest. Always good to see how professional players go about doing things on a daily basis. I enjoyed the time in Durban, and having a chat with Pat Lambie made my stay worthwhile.
BC- What are your weaknesses as a player?
Every rugby player has weaknesses. I’d say I work on my weaknesses on a daily basis and I am improving on them gradually. Weaknesses for me would be defence, contesting for high balls mostly.
BC- Your super Rugby aspirations?
Hmm well after I’ve committed to a union I’d like to settle in and path my way through to the top (Super Rugby). Playing SR is not for everyone and I’d love to play at that level with distinction. With that being said, I understand the amount of hard work it is going to take. I believe it will be worth it in the end.