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Curwin Bosch has eyes on both Bulls and British Lions: 'A once in a lifetime opportunity'

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Curwin Bosch and Reniel Hugo (Gallo Images)
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  • Sharks flyhalf Curwin Bosch hopes to be part of the national team set up for the British and Irish Lions series.
  • If that doesn't happen, he'll at least have the comfort of facing the British and Irish Lions when he represents the Sharks.
  • Bosch though will have to navigate the Bulls on Saturday where he'll have to navigate his team against Morne Steyn.

Sharks flyhalf Curwin Bosch may have the immediate threat of the Bulls to deal with at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday, but his eye is also on the forthcoming British and Irish Lions series.

Saturday's Rainbow Cup SA date will serve as another trial game between two of the country's form flyhalves, with Morne Steyn seamlessly rolling back the years while Bosch has made hay in the absence of Elton Jantjies and Handre Pollard.

Bosch is aware of the stiff competition he faces for the number 10 jersey, but is warming up to the challenges in front of him.

"The British and Irish Lions come here once every 12 years, so its a massive opportunity, a once in a lifetime opportunity," Bosch said.

"You're lucky to get it during your time, so I'm really looking forward to it and I do have my eyes on that squad.

"Hopefully, I can put together performances that can convince the Springbok selectors and coaches that I'm good enough to play there."

Bosch was part of the Springbok alignment camps that were put together by Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber, which he said pointed out the barometers needed in order to be part of the selection conversation.

"The first alignment camp we had was sorting out logistics, looking at the Test schedule of the year and what is required from us as players to get into the squad," Bosch said.

"We have an idea of what we need to do to get into the squad and it's up to us to convince the coaches."

Going up against Steyn with the landmark series around the corner will also provide an indication of Bosch's readiness to deal with the Men in Red if selected.

The Sharks and the Bulls go into Saturday's game on the back of contrasting wins against the Stormers and the Lions respectively.

With probably the most rounded pack, the Bulls can and will put Bosch under pressure. Being put on the spot in a key game is the least of Bosch's concerns.

"To me, it's about perfecting my game, doing my basics well and doing my best to become the best I can possibly be on a Saturday," Bosch said.

"The coaches know what they're looking for and they've told me what they need from me and the other players to make the squad.

"It's about putting together performances each week that I and the Sharks can be proud of."

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