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Curwin, Skisha make u20 squad


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 10 May 2016 at 11:21
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It’s not a great return from a Sharks point of view, but big congratulations go to two of our young backs who have been named in Dawie Theron’s final 28-man squad for next month’s World Rugby Under 20 Championship in Manchester.

Flyhalf-cum-fullback Curwin Bosch, who joined the Sharks at the start of the year after excelling for EP at Craven Week (and playing for SA Schools) last year, has been included in the final group, as has a slightly older player in hulking winger S’busiso “Skisha” Nkosi. Bosch and Nkosi have both played for the Sharks at Currie Cup Qualifying level already this year, as well as representing UKZN Impi in the Varsity Shield.

Well done to both of the lads – we know you’ll do our country (and our province) proud in the UK.

The squad is, as expected, dominated by players from the Blue Bulls and Western Province. EP centre Jeremy Ward has been named captain.

SA Under 20:
Tango Balekile (Hooker – Eastern Province)
Kwenzo Blose (Prop – Toyota Free State)
Curwin Bosch (Flyhalf / Fullback – Cell C Sharks)
Jan-Henning Campher (Hooker – Vodacom Blue Bulls)
Zain Davids (Loose forward – DHL Western Province)
Ruben de Villiers (Lock – DHL Western Province)
Stedman Gans (Centre – Vodacom Blue Bulls)
James Hall (Scrumhalf – Eastern Province Kings)
Denzel Hill (No 8 – Vodacom Blue Bulls)
Jaco Holtzhausen (Prop – Vodacom Blue Bulls)
JT Jackson (Centre – Vodacom Blue Bulls)
Marco Jansen van Vuren (Scrumhalf – Xerox Golden Lions)
Manie Libbok (Flyhalf / Centre – Vodacom Blue Bulls)
Mosolwa Mafuma (Wing – Toyota Free State)
Franco Naude (Centre – Vodacom Blue Bulls)
S’busiso Nkosi (Wing – Cell C Sharks)
Nicolaas Oosthuizen (Prop – Eastern Province)
Embrose Papier (Scrumhalf – Vodacom Blue Bulls)
Junior Pokomela (No 8 – Eastern Province, vice-captain)
Carlü Sadie (Prop – DHL Western Province)
Eli Snyman (Lock – Vodacom Blue Bulls)
Franco van den Berg (Prop – Vodacom Blue Bulls)
Edwill van der Merwe (Wing – DHL Western Province)
Ernst van Rhyn (Lock / Loose forward – DHL Western Province, vice-captain)
Keanu Vers (Fullback – Eastern Province)
Jeremy Ward (Centre – Eastern Province, captain)
Cobus Wiese (Loose forward – DHL Western Province)
Eduard Zandberg (Lock – DHL Western Province)



28 Comments

  • Congrats guys!!! Good luck and enjoy it!!!

  • Comment 1, posted at 10.05.16 11:36:59 by JD Reply
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  • Rob is Cobus Wiese not a bit old for under 20 rugby and when did the big man move to WP? ;-D

  • Comment 2, posted at 10.05.16 11:38:21 by JD Reply
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  • So 2 Sharks who werent educated in KZN make the side and 2 guys that were educated in KZN but no longer play for the Sharks – Kwenzo Blose and James Hall make the side as well. Fair trade?

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.05.16 11:42:09 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 3) : interesting coincidence.

  • Comment 4, posted at 10.05.16 12:00:06 by JD Reply
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  • You really have to stop and ask yourself if the Bulls Union’s aggressive youth recruitment strategy is actually paying off in their senior results.

  • Comment 5, posted at 10.05.16 13:20:46 by The Great Couch Shark Reply
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  • @The Great Couch Shark (Comment 5) : does not look like it?!

  • Comment 6, posted at 10.05.16 14:13:09 by JD Reply
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  • Hard to say but from my side its a big fail if one considers what they have won in the recent past, how they are faring now and their stadium crowds that seem to get smaller as the seasons progres. Add to that their need to always be buying the “finished product” somewhere else.

  • Comment 7, posted at 10.05.16 16:36:03 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @The Great Couch Shark (Comment 5) : Are they still doing that? I thought their money ran out…@Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 7) : Before the weekend I actually said to my dad that it looks like the Bulls strategy is starting to bare fruit…. well, we all know how that went. :twisted:

  • Comment 8, posted at 10.05.16 16:45:14 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • Congrats to all selected, but, but, but…..never mind, tough luck to all the really talented guys that werent selected.

  • Comment 9, posted at 10.05.16 16:50:46 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Southern_Shark (Comment 8) : hahaha ja it works up to a point but then the money runs out to keep the players as they mature.

  • Comment 10, posted at 10.05.16 18:10:59 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 10) : And young players dont want to mature with a union anymore. As soon as they don’t get first team and playtime they jump ship. Patience and loyalty a rare commodity.

  • Comment 11, posted at 11.05.16 06:37:41 by coolfusion Reply

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  • @coolfusion (Comment 11) : yes sad but true in professional times it’s a very rare commodity!

  • Comment 12, posted at 11.05.16 08:04:53 by JD Reply
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  • The bulls wanted to win every comp from u19 and u21 to senior rugby.that could explain the numbers.

  • Comment 13, posted at 11.05.16 09:38:43 by 50shadesofshark Reply

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  • @50shadesofshark (Comment 13) : will be really expensive to sign enough players to do that.

  • Comment 14, posted at 11.05.16 09:41:16 by JD Reply
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  • shows the state of junior rugby in KZN when we can only provide 2 SA U20 representatives.

  • Comment 15, posted at 11.05.16 13:41:47 by slammerboy Reply
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  • @coolfusion (Comment 11) : and not just here in SA. Read yesterday 2 of Saracens brightest prospects Biyi Alo and Aaron Morris both of who were part of the England U20 squad which won the JWC in 2014 are leaving because they’re not playing enough 1st team rugby. Saracens do rotate more than most so if you’re not happy sharing your position then I suppose you need to look elsewhere.

  • Comment 16, posted at 11.05.16 13:45:40 by slammerboy Reply
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  • @slammerboy (Comment 15) : problem with junior rugby in KZN is that the Sharks only sign a handful of u19 players and there’s no Varsity cup side to draw players.

  • Comment 17, posted at 11.05.16 14:03:14 by JD Reply
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  • Congrats to these 2.

    Rob (or others) any names of KZN players that can feel a bit unlucky for not having a look-in?

  • Comment 18, posted at 11.05.16 14:05:52 by stevovo Reply
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  • Tank Lanning wrote a column on how the recruiting system here in SA in regards to rugby should perhaps try follow that of the NFL Draft in the States. I think its quite a novel idea. So guys straight out of school would either go play a year of varsity or club rugby…do away with the u19 comp. So Senior Teams could only draft guys that are of a minimum age of 20. I think it could be quite a good idea. Would never happen but interesting to think about. I think a lot more players would get exposure.

  • Comment 19, posted at 12.05.16 11:41:20 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 19) : I personally think for the sake of Bok rugby the whole junior structures in SA must be redone/rethinked and that include how provincial teams are allowed to sign junior players.
    Draft system could work but then what would happen if a player like Curwin, Pollard or Pat was drafted to say Falcons rather than a top side?

  • Comment 20, posted at 12.05.16 12:50:38 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 20) : Well as it works in the US…the side that finishes last the year before picks first and so on. All the sides have pretty similar resources in terms of coaching and training facilities so guess that helps. There would need to be a lot more streamlining before it could ever work in SA. But the current system is doing ok but not great

  • Comment 21, posted at 12.05.16 12:59:03 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 21) : streamlining and SA? Have you ever lived in SA? Nothing gets streamlined here boet!

  • Comment 22, posted at 12.05.16 13:32:49 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 22) : Cant argue with you there…eish

  • Comment 23, posted at 12.05.16 13:35:11 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @SheldonK (Comment 23) : ;-D

  • Comment 24, posted at 12.05.16 13:36:59 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 20) : I think that is kinda the point as I understand it. To get all the teams with close to equal talent. Isn’t central contracting almost the same thing?

  • Comment 25, posted at 12.05.16 14:08:03 by Southern_Shark Reply
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  • @Southern_Shark (Comment 25) : Yeh similar but involves fewer players. The centrally contracted group would be a lot smaller. So less guys would have contracts as they do now.

  • Comment 26, posted at 12.05.16 14:13:10 by SheldonK Reply

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  • @Southern_Shark (Comment 25) : no. Teams like the Sharks and Bulls have more sponsors and money than Valle and Griffons so will buy talented players as soon as they’re out of contract. Getting talented players (cheap or for free) and keeping them is not the same thing.

  • Comment 27, posted at 12.05.16 14:22:01 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 20) : They would leave for Europe or Japan or Australia the moment they got drafted.The thing with Profesional rugby that most people still don’t get is that its all about money ,thats why it is called professional ,and the team with he most money gets the best players Its basic economics one.

  • Comment 28, posted at 16.05.16 08:44:03 by The hound Reply
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