Talented Sharks flyhalf Curwin Bosch has broken his silence about being shifted to fullback recently.
Bosch, who has an ambition to break into the Springbok set-up, started being picked at fullback rather than his preferred No. 10 jersey in the final stages of 2021 Currie Cup and this continued in the opening two rounds of the United Rugby Championships (URC) over the past two weeks.
“I think first and foremost, the most important thing is the team. I will always play where the team needs me, and I don’t think I’ve been moved around a lot lately,” said Bosch, who confirmed last year that he considered leaving the Sharks, as he felt former coach Robert du Preez wasn’t giving him a fair chance at flyhalf.
Du Preez and his three sons, Robert junior, who was placed at flyhalf by his father, and twins Daniel and Jean-Luc, left the Sharks in 2019 and Sean Everitt was appointed the new coach.
“I’ve played (at) 10 for two years in a row, where I didn’t play 15 at all,” said Bosch yesterday.
“This year, there have been a couple of games where I played 15 and we actually had a chat about it, and we thought it would be good for me if I played 15 again.
“I think it’s really important that you play both those positions.
“I also think it’s a learning curve for me to play against European teams at 15. Obviously, there’s a lot of kicking going on and it suits my game.
“Like I always said, I’m a 10 that can play at 15 and it’s going to stay that way,” said the star player.
In the URC’s two opening rounds, young Boeta Chamberlain has been picked at 10 while the very experienced Lionel Cronje, who has since left, replaced Bosch at flyhalf in the later stage of the Currie Cup.
The Sharks have also bolstered their flyhalf department with the acquisition of Argentinian Joaquin Diaz Bonilla.
While Bosch insists it was a collective decision to move him to 15, some feel that his spot at fullback might not further his Bok ambition.
“The dream is always to play for the Springboks; as far as the pecking order is concerned that’s not up to me. That’s really up to coach Jacques (Nienaber) and Rassie (Erasmus) and them at the top,” said Bosch.
“For me the most important thing at the moment is to do well for the Sharks. It always makes my job easier if the Sharks do well.
“My only focus at the moment is just doing well for the Sharks and getting the results for the Sharks and the rest will take care of itself,” he said.
The Sharks will continue searching for their first victory in the URC when they visit Ospreys of Wales at Liberty Stadium at 8.35 pm on Friday.
The Sharks have lost to Munster and Glasgow Warriors so far in the competition.
Ulster v Benetton — 8.35 pm
Ospreys v Sharks — 8.35 pm
Leinster v Zebre — 2 pm
Glasgow Warriors v Lions — 4.05 pm
Connacht v Dragons — 6.15 pm
Edinburgh Rugby v Stormers — 6.15 pm
Cardiff v Bulls — 8.35 pm
Scarlets v Munster — 3 p