One on One with Curwin Bosch

Wed, 06/08/2014 - 15:48
  • Curwin Bosch scores a try against Blue Bulls at the 2014 Craven Week
    Curwin Bosch scores a try against Blue Bulls at the 2014 Craven Week
  • Curwin Bosch on the run against Grey College
    Curwin Bosch on the run against Grey College
  • Curwin dots down against Grey College
    Curwin dots down against Grey College

Curwin Bosch a Grey High School pupil and 1st XV rugby player has made a few waves this season following gem performances at the recent Craven Week and subsequent SA Schools rugby selection.

Curwin Bosch is part of the "Grey PE 2014 dream team" that sent a clear message to their opponents when they beat top rugby side Paul Roos in an interskole match. The Grey boys continued their momentum but were brought down to earth at the KES festival when  the likes of Arnold Gerber, Justin Meintjies, and the physically superior Menlopark team beat them 16 - 15. Curwin Bosch was 2nd highest point scorer with 37 points - 1 point behind Hentie Cilliers' Jaywinn Juries.

Curwin Bosch was part of the prolific team that won the unofficial final for the first time in 37 years.

Grey High School provided the Eastern Province Craven Week team with 7 players and boy did that team play their hearts out. Curwin Bosch was part of the prolific team that won the unofficial final for the first time in 37 years. Curwin's last minute penalty conversion that won EP the game against the Bulls in their opening Craven Week match shows this player's great composure and big match temperament. Curwin Bosch possesses great speed, passing, tactical kicking, and play making abilities. He's able to spot holes in defence lines and capitalizes by constantly gaining yards. Curwin scored two tries as Grey PE beat Grey College 27 - 20 in arguably the match of the season when Grey PE broke their 10 year victory drought against Grey College.

Curwin's performance even raised the eyebrow of EP Kings's Coach Carlos Spencer!

Craven Week Points

Pld Tries Conv Penalties Points
3 1 6 6 35

Bio

Name Curwin Bosch
Grade 11
Weight 80kg
Height 1.8m
Position Flyhalf
Most points in a match 30
Most tries 4
Longest place kick conversion 52 metres
Fastest Time 100m 11.00 seconds
Fastest Time 200m 22.04 seconds
1st Team Caps Currently 20
Primary School attended Alexandra Primary School
High Schools attended Grey High School
Sports Played at school Athletics and Rugby

Achievements and awards

  • 2014 SA Schools
  • 2014 EP Craven Week
  • 2014 SA U18 Sevens Rugby Team
  • 2013 SA U16 EP Grant Khomo Team
  • 2013 U16 High Performance Squad
  • 2012 SA U15 Athletics – 100m & 200m sprints

Well done on winning the craven week unofficial final, how did you guys prepare throughout and before the tournament, and did you have any goals going into the tournament?
Curwin Bosch: We prepared very well for the tournament, we had a three day camp before the tournament and we set ourselves a goal in the training leading up to the tournament that we want to win the Craven Week this year. So we're quite happy that we achieved that goal. 

What do you attribute your craven week success to?
Curwin Bosch: I think the 'span gees' that the team had, the vibe in the team was very good and the whole team worked together and decided that we all going to set one goal and we all going to go for that one goal, so the team vibe was very strong and the guys worked hard at training to achieve the goal.

we all wanna do well, always excited to train, always willing to put in the hardwork, and we get the results.

You guys at Grey PE have a strong 1st XV team this year, why do you think that is and what roles have the coaches played in making sure the team stays successful?
Curwin Bosch: It’s always been a strong age group and these players have played well since the lower age groups and everything. I mean the same thing here with the players, we all love the game of rugby and we all wanna do well, always excited to train, always willing to put in the hardwork, and we get the results.

When did you start playing rugby and when did you start taking it seriously?
Curwin Bosch: I started playing rugby at age 9, and when I made the EP U12 team I started taking it seriously.

What role do your friends and family play in your life?
Curwin Bosch: They play a very big role in my rugby especially my family, they’re very supportive and always back me with any decision I make so it helps a lot. As well as my friends, they’re always there to support me, no matter what decision I make they’ll always back me, so it’s good.

After your epic performance at Craven Week you were asked to join the EP kings Currie Cup squad. How does that make you feel and what was your response?
Curwin Bosch: They didn’t actually ask me personally but the head of the Kings academy Robbie Kempson told Carlos Spencer that I’m too young to join the Currie Cup squad at this age so we’ll probably look at that next year.

I was quite shocked when Robbie Kempson came and spoke to me

How did that make you feel though?
Curwin Bosch: I was quite shocked when Robbie Kempson came and spoke to me, it’s a good feeling. It kind of motivates me to work even harder to get there and actually play for the Kings so its quite a bit of motivation for me.

What are your short term and long term goals in life and in rugby?
Curwin Bosch: My short term goals are: I’m still going to be in Matric next year so I’d like to make the Craven Week squad again. And hopefully be selected for the SA Schools team next year again. And my long term goals: every rugby players goal is to play for the Springboks one day. One of my biggest goals is to wear the green and gold one day and I’m willing to do anything to get there and put in the hard work.

Personal life short term and long term goals?
Curwin Bosch: I want to get good results next year for my Matric year and then hopefully the year after that I can join the - I think I’m going to study biokinetics the year after that and then see what happens from there.

education is very important for a rugby player.

What’s your take on education, do you think it’s important for sportsmen to obtain a degree and why?
Curwin Bosch: Ja, I think it’s very important cause you never know what can happen, especially in rugby, you can get an injury at any moment and you know rugby won’t always be there for you. You're going to have to retire at some stage and you going to need something to fall back on. So education is very important for a rugby player.

Are there any rituals you do before a big match?
Curwin Bosch: No, not really. I like to be in my own space, listen to some music and just visualize the game the way I want it to be and the way I want to perform myself.

What’s your motto in life?
Curwin Bosch: Live today like there’s no tomorrow.

What’s been the highlight of your junior rugby career and your low-point if you have one?
Curwin Bosch: The highlight of my rugby career is definitely the SA Schools I made this year. My lowest point I’m actually not sure, I can't think of one now.

What areas of your game would you like to improve on?
Curwin Bosch: Definitely my defence.

Western Province, I like the way they play and I think the type of rugby that they play will suite me.

Which union would you like to join in the future and why?
Curwin Bosch: Western Province, I like the way they play and I think the type of rugby that they play will suite me.

Who do you look up to? Do you have any mentors?
Curwin Bosch: Personal life will be my dad, and then rugby wise it will be Dan Carter.

What are you looking forward to the most next rugby season?
Curwin Bosch: To have a good year with the school, you know... 1st team rugby and then hopefully if we can get a good EP side together and win the Craven Week next year again.

EP and SWD played in the Craven Week final, do you think smaller rugby unions such as EP and SWD are catching up or the larger unions aren’t excelling?
Curwin Bosch: I think it goes both ways. I think the smaller unions are getting stronger and are starting to keep their players in the province. I wouldn’t say the bigger unions are getting weaker but the fact that the smaller unions are keeping their players within the province helps them to become stronger and catch up to the bigger unions.

they're [smaller unions] somehow going to have to match the bigger unions with what they offer the young boys

What do you think the problem is when the smaller unions can't keep their players and what do you think they can do to keep the talent in their province?
Curwin Bosch: It’s quite difficult for the smaller provinces to keep their players because of financial situations and stuff, but for them to keep their players in the province I think they're somehow going to have to match the bigger unions with what they offer the young boys. Just try and keep everyone here and the more they do that the better the smaller provinces are going to become as well.

You guys are playing in an SA Schools test coming up shortly, what are you looking forward to the most?
Curwin Bosch: I’m definitely looking forward to putting the jersey over my head and running on for the first time. You know, to represent your country at this age is a honour for me, and I’m very excited for it. I can't wait.

How did you feel when your name was announced?
Curwin Bosch: It was a feeling I can’t describe. It's probably the best feeling I’ve ever had, it was something beyond words.

And lastly do you have a special lady in your life?
Curwin Bosch: Haha, Yes I do…Tamzin Howard.

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