Sharks rake in nominations for rugby awards, with Bosch leading the list

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Sharks flyhalf Curwin Bosch has been nominated in the Rugby Player of Year and Young Player of the Year categories at the 2020 South African Rugby Player of the Year Awards.
Sharks flyhalf Curwin Bosch has been nominated in the Rugby Player of Year and Young Player of the Year categories at the 2020 South African Rugby Player of the Year Awards.
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The Sharks are excited to have gained several nominations in the Bulls dominated South African Rugby Player of the Year Awards for the tough 2020 season.

The awards have a total of eight categories and the winners will be announced on Thursday on the @Springboks Twitter handle.

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The Durban-based franchise has received five nominations while the Jake White-coached Bulls received a whopping 11 with skipper Duane Vermeulen accounting for three of those nominations.

Sharks communications manager Novashni Chetty told The Witness that they are excited about being recognised bearing in mind it has not been an easy season.

“We are obviously delighted for the fact that the team has been recognised in what has been a tough season and this shows that we are in the right direction in our mission to become a top rugby side.”
Sharks communications manager, Novashni Chetty

“We are obviously delighted for the fact that the team has been recognised in what has been a tough season and this shows that we are in the right direction in our mission to become a top rugby side,” she said.

It is no surprise at all that the Bulls and Sharks dominate the list as the two franchises had decent campaigns in a Covid-19 disrupted season.

The Pretoria-based franchise won both Super Rugby Unlocked and the Currie Cup while the Sharks were at the top of the Super Rugby overall standings when the Southern Hemisphere competition was brought to a sudden halt by the deadly virus early last year.

The Sean Everitt-coached Sharks outfit had their Unlocked campaign cut short by the constant Covid-19 outbreaks at King’s Park while they came close to upsetting the Bulls in the Currie Cup final in Pretoria.

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Star flyhalf Curwin Bosch leads the nomination list on the Sharks front as he has been nominated twice, in the Rugby Player of Year and Young Player of the Year categories.

Bosch finished the Currie Cup as the top points scorer.

In the big category of the day, Player of the Year, Bosch will go up against 2014 winner of the award Vermeulen, Cheetahs’ Frans Steyn, Steven Kitshoff of Western Province/Stormers and Bulls wing Cornal Hendricks.

The 23-year-old Bosch faces another stiff competition for the young player accolade against team-mate Dylan Richardson, Lions’ Wandisile Simelane and the Bulls duo of Stedman Gans and Ruan Nortje.

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Everitt, who is yet to deliver the first piece of silverware since replacing Robert du Preez as the coach in 2019, has been nominated for the Coach of Year together with Neil Powell of Blitzboks and White.

The Durbanites also stand a chance in the Team of the Year where Bulls and Springbok Sevens are also in the running.

NOMINEES (in alphabetical order):

SA RUGBY PLAYER OF THE YEAR

1. Curwin Bosch (Sharks)

2. Cornal Hendricks (Bulls)

3. Steven Kitshoff (WP/Stormers)

4. Frans Steyn (Cheetahs)

5. Duane Vermeulen (Bulls)

SA RUGBY YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR

1. Curwin Bosch (Sharks)

2. Stedman Gans (Bulls)

3. Ruan Nortje (Bulls)

4. Dylan Richardson (Sharks)

5. Wandisile Simelane (Lions)

TEAM OF THE YEAR

1. Bulls

2. Sharks

3. Springbok Sevens

COACH OF THE YEAR

1. Sean Everitt (Sharks)

2. Neil Powell (Blitzboks)

3. Jake White (Bulls)

SPRINGBOK SEVENS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

1. Angelo Davids

2. Selvyn Davids

3. Stedman Gans

SUPER RUGBY AND UNLOCKED PLAYER OF THE YEAR

1. Frans Steyn (Cheetahs)

2. Marco van Staden (Bulls)

3. Duane Vermeulen (Bulls)

CURRIE CUP PLAYER OF THE YEAR

1. Cornal Hendricks (Bulls)

2. Marco van Staden (Bulls)

3. Duane Vermeulen (Bulls)

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