Former Free State centre-cum-flyhalf Meyer Bosman has arrived in Durban to continue his career with the Sharks. The lanky Bosman, who was a surprise pick for Jake White’s Bok touring party as a raw 20-year-old, has made great strides in the local game since joining the Cheetahs as an under 21 player. The 25-year-old Bethlehem boy attended Oakedale Agricultural College in Riversdal, the same school as Sharks legend Johann Muller, before returning to the Free State to study. Sharksworld caught up with Meyer for a quick chat.
We started out by asking him what’s prompted him to make a move to the Sharks at this stage of his career. “I thought I’ve been with the Cheetahs a long time – since 2004 although only playing senior rugby since 2005, ” Meyer says. “That’s 6 seasons, so I just thought it’s time for a change for me; a good time in my career because I’ve hopefully still got a few years left and I just felt like some new challenges and a change. As an outsider if you look at the Sharks they really are a highly professional unit and I’ve found that just in my dealings with them in the last week. Their structures are well in place and with that comes the team environment. Even from the outside you can see that it’s a family – quite a close unit. I think that all those factors combined make them a great union to play for – definitely some of the reasons that pulled me here!
“The Sharks aim to be exciting on attack – they play the sort of rugby that I like, always looking to spread the ball and keep continuity and that’s another of the reasons I decided I’m joining them.”
Despite initially making his name as a flyhalf, Meyer has been playing inside centre a lot more regularly of late. We asked him if this was where he felt he could fit in for the Sharks. “I’ve been playing inside centre for the last two and a half years permanently now – I’m starting to enjoy it and I think that it’s my position now. I think that in the last Super 14 the Sharks didn’t always have the depth they’d normally have in the centres, and that’s why it’s a great opportunity for me to come and play here. Hopefully we’ll have a great season like they did the year before.” We asked Meyer if he felt the move to the Sharks might help him to play more regularly for the national side (despite making his debut in 2005, he has only played in 3 tests). “I think most of the tours I made was because of somebody else getting injured- I was rarely picked as a first choice. The Sharks are very professional and a very good unit and I thought that they should give me some good opportunities. If you can use your opportunities well, you can always play yourself back into the Springbok set up again.”
We spoke a little about the Cheetahs and the fact that they and the Sharks are not exactly on the best of terms at the moment. Does Meyer feel this dynamic might make settling in a little more difficult for him? “I think especially with the Lionel Mapoe case there isn’t too much friendly blood between the unions,” he concedes, ” but one of my goals was that the negotiations and the transfer must be done in the right way and I think that I did that correctly, so there’s no one angry with one another- I left on very good terms and as I said I was very happy there for the last 6 years. I did want to leave it that way and I don’t think there’s going to be an issue.” Asked about his thoughts on having former team-mate Jacques-Louis Potgieter joining him as a new face in Durban, Meyer said that “I think especially, with coming to a new union and knowing no one, just having that constant factor of someone you know definitely helps a bit. That is a positive – definitely. ”
Asked how he and his new wife are settling in in Durban, Meyer tells us “we moved our furniture down two weeks ago and after going back to Bloemfontein last week for a small operation to repair a hernia, we’re now down here permanently. We’re getting nicely settled and starting to enjoy the stay here. The operation was nothing serious, though. I’m already in the second week of a 4-week rehab, so by the beginning of December I’ll be 100%.” Meyer reveals that he’s a very keen golfer and is keen to explore some of the fine courses that KZN has to offer, as well as just enjoying the more relaxed coastal lifestyle that Durban offers. “I know Louis (Ludik) quite well and spoke to him a lot while deciding about the move. He told me how much he just loves the lifestyle here and that helped me to make up my mind.”
We then chatted briefly about Andries Strauss, the player whose heroics in the Currie Cup Final will live on in the memories of Sharks fans for many years to come. We asked Meyer if he felt he would have a lot to live up to, taking over from Strauss. “I think he did raise the bar a bit and had a very good Currie Cup – especially the second part of the season. He set the standard a bit higher and that’s the standard we have to keep up – and that’s a great challenge for me.”
We’d like to thank Meyer Bosman for his time and wish him every success as he makes the Sharks his new home.Tweet