CAPE TOWN – There has been a lot of talk surrounding Curwin Bosch – a lot of Springbok talk. But the talented Junior Bok says he is in “no rush to get there”.
Bosch, who was included in Allister Coetzee’s second training camp in Stellenbosch last month, will make his way to Georgia with the Junior Boks on Thursday instead of Plettenberg Bay with the Springboks, but the skilful youngster says he will patiently wait his time.
“At this moment it is just about playing every week and growing for me. With that being said, there’s always dreams of playing for the Springboks one day. I’m in no rush, when it’s the right time I’ll get there. But for now it’s just about working hard and learning every day,” Bosch said.
The 19-year-old also added that he was solely focused on his job with the Junior Boks.
“It’s all about the Junior Springboks now, I think they deserve to get my full attention and my best. I’m not too worried about what’s going to happen after that," Bosch said.
“Any rugby player wants to do well, but I think if you look at the bigger picture and what you want to achieve in the long run, these are all little things in your path going to the top. For me it’s all about being a team player and contributing to the team. I need to do my best for the team in order for myself to rise.”
The Junior Boks, who spent the week improving their structures in Stellenbosch before departing to Tbilisi for the World Rugby Under-20 Championship, will kick-off their campaign against France on 31 May, before taking on Georgia and Argentina on 4 and 8 June respectively.
And although the tournament will be new for a number of players in Chean Roux’s 28-man squad, it will be another chance for Bosch to show exactly why his name has been drifting all around the South African rugby landscape.
Not like he’ll have much to prove. During last year’s junior tournament, Bosch was nominated for Player of the Tournament, while he was also the second-highest points-scorer in the competition.
But it’s his Super Rugby experience that will probably be his best weapon going into the tournament.
Since making his Super Rugby debut with the Sharks last year, Bosch has produced massive performances for the Durban-based side, and although he said that he was understandably nervous about making his Super Rugby bow, Bosch praised the Sharks management staff for preparing him for the opportunity.
“I was definitely nervous. It was my first game at Super Rugby level, but with that being said, credit must go to our coaches and the conditioning staff. I was prepared for everything that was thrown at me,” he said.