Time for a change: Sharksworld chats to Meyer Bosman

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 18 Nov 2010 at 13:37
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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.


  • Always liked Meyer Bosman, not sure why exactly but seemed a chap with his head on the right way and they type of dude always giving his best.

    Also remembering falling on his gat during his first kick at goals for the Bokke

  • Comment 1, posted at 18.11.10 13:44:47 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • Meyer offers just that tad more variety as a 12 than Andries does – good swop.

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.11.10 13:45:57 by Morné Reply
  • Time for a change in pay no doubt. 😉 😈

    Good luck at the Sharks. 🙂

  • Comment 3, posted at 18.11.10 13:46:12 by McLovin Reply
  • i think if he gets a good run @ 12…he will get more bok caps…sharks had great forwards in 2010 and with the additions of hofmann / bosman / jl potieger we have beefed up our backline and will be a big contender in the S15…bosman runs the angles and offloads in the tackle so well…its a real coup for the sharks to have got him…well im my opinion anyways…haha

  • Comment 4, posted at 18.11.10 13:47:40 by Barrel Reply
  • Hope he works on his defense. If he can defend like Strauss he can walk into the team, if not . . . Splinter Boud Bosman! 😈

  • Comment 5, posted at 18.11.10 13:48:37 by Original Champion Reply
    Original Pierre
  • I think with Meyer operating at 12 with Lambo at 10 and JLP covering things from the bench we are in good hands in that Channel.

    JLP can also cover for Lambo when he is with the Boks next year!

    Welcome Meyer, I think you are a great signing and are going to blossom at the Sharks.

  • Comment 6, posted at 18.11.10 13:50:05 by Sportbilly Reply
  • JLP must be wondering what the hell he has to do to start in a team!!!

  • Comment 7, posted at 18.11.10 13:53:08 by Morné Reply
  • Welcome boet. Stoked to have you all the best for your first season.

  • Comment 8, posted at 18.11.10 13:55:20 by billy Reply
  • @Morné (Comment 7) : JLP will play the whole Currie Cup whilst Lambo is in New Zealand doing you know what…

  • Comment 9, posted at 18.11.10 13:55:26 by Sportbilly Reply
  • Another Bethlehem boy. Hell that dorp must have something in the water.

  • Comment 10, posted at 18.11.10 13:57:39 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Sportbilly (Comment 9) :

    Don’t rate him much sorry.

  • Comment 11, posted at 18.11.10 13:59:11 by Morné Reply
  • Welcome MB good to have you on board!!!!

  • Comment 12, posted at 18.11.10 14:02:40 by ruggabugga Reply
  • @Morné (Comment 7) : should have stayed at the cheetahs… but as a cover, i think we will need him, even with injuries and the super 15 team rotations…

  • Comment 13, posted at 18.11.10 14:05:43 by VanWilder Reply
  • He guys! Just a thought on jlp ,i remember his playing a game for the bulls at 13 where he was insane . This backline would be awesome imo

  • Comment 14, posted at 18.11.10 14:11:38 by baw Reply
  • Bosman is a guy who has BMT. He showed that in his first test for the Boks as a 20 year old against Wales. He wasn’t overawed and ended up slotting a crucial penalty. Showed his mental bottle that day.

    Doesn’t always help if you get shunted around positions. Now that he is settled as a 12, I can see him being a big asset.

  • Comment 15, posted at 18.11.10 14:11:53 by Villie Reply
  • @Morné (Comment 11) : Who don’t you rate Lambie or JLP?

  • Comment 16, posted at 18.11.10 14:17:42 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Meyer,if you reading the comments:don’t worry about the doubters- you an awesome talent,dude!! Big boot,off-loads well in the tackle,running lines top-class and a nice guy ..if you can add some extra muscle to your 1.92m frame,we’ll have people saying: sonny bill who??( You know,sonny bill williams ,mister all-the-hype-in-new-zealand..he has got nothing on you if you play to your potential.. Believe it.. You a star ready to go out there and give it your all!!!!)

  • Comment 17, posted at 18.11.10 14:23:30 by bergshark Reply
  • @Pokkel (Comment 16) :


  • Comment 18, posted at 18.11.10 14:24:04 by Morné Reply
  • @Villie (Comment 15) :
    Hey Villie!!!
    I always liked MB…never understood why he never played more for Boks…he was also pushed around the backline (as you say) seems to be a habit in SA?

  • Comment 19, posted at 18.11.10 14:41:13 by Me2 aka Mama Shark Reply
    Me2 aka Mama Shark
  • And you can tackle!!any bethlehem boytjie can tackle!!

  • Comment 20, posted at 18.11.10 14:41:43 by bergshark Reply
  • @Morné (Comment 18) : I recon at one stage he was probably the 2nd best flyhalf in SA. Before Lambie came on the scene I thought JLP was a very good buy(better than a certain Englishman we had at one stage). A very good back-up player IMO but he didn’t sign with the Sharks to sit on the bench I’m sure.

  • Comment 21, posted at 18.11.10 14:41:59 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @bergshark (Comment 20) : I agree!

  • Comment 22, posted at 18.11.10 14:42:13 by Me2 aka Mama Shark Reply
    Me2 aka Mama Shark
  • Meyer Bosman is a great player and I think he would trive in the Sharks set-up especially playing next to Lambie. Welcome to Sharks country Meyer. I can’t believe how young he still is. It feels like he’s been around forever.

  • Comment 23, posted at 18.11.10 14:44:18 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 21) :

    Nah, I think he is extremely average.

    Not bad, but about the same as 90% of other flyhalfs in this country.

  • Comment 24, posted at 18.11.10 14:51:20 by Morné Reply
  • He does cover 10 and 12, I will give him that.

  • Comment 25, posted at 18.11.10 14:52:20 by Morné Reply
  • Well,jlp is @the tank and part of the sharks family..I wish him all the best and may he excell and blossom ..and I think he, also,is a very talented player..and he plays with grit and determination (both values I personally value very highly in a player and individual)

  • Comment 26, posted at 18.11.10 15:03:29 by bergshark Reply
  • @bergshark (Comment 26) :

    Yeah, that’s the beauty, you guys are Sharks, you have to like him 😆

  • Comment 27, posted at 18.11.10 15:07:00 by Morné Reply
  • lol jlp IS a very talented player ..

  • Comment 28, posted at 18.11.10 15:14:46 by bergshark Reply
  • I will take Andy Goode any day over jlp.

  • Comment 29, posted at 18.11.10 15:16:27 by Honey Badger Reply
    Honey Badger
  • Welcome to both MB and JLP. May both of them slot in nicely and help us win the S15.

  • Comment 30, posted at 18.11.10 15:18:18 by Farlington Reply
  • @Farlington: thanks for that warm welcome to the new members of the sharks family ..

  • Comment 31, posted at 18.11.10 15:27:11 by bergshark Reply
  • @Honey Badger (Comment 29) : You must be joking 🙄

  • Comment 32, posted at 18.11.10 15:28:36 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Morné (Comment 24) : That is just my point. Apart from Steyn, Lambie and Grant their isn’t really very many talented flyhalves in SA and in that context I still think JLP is a good buy.

  • Comment 33, posted at 18.11.10 15:30:52 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 33) :

    Decent enough CC player, but thats about where it stops for me.

  • Comment 34, posted at 18.11.10 15:33:20 by Morné Reply
  • @Pokkel (Comment 32) : That’s how much jlp irritates me,what was up with him with that penalty kick and got a headache,I think he is mental.

  • Comment 35, posted at 18.11.10 15:34:08 by Honey Badger Reply
    Honey Badger
  • And meyer bosman is a good and clever passer ..another bonus -he allows players to run off him .. Kanko,keegan,willem alberts ,jean deysel and the rest of the team must be very excited about the options in attack that a player of his skills brings to the sharks team

  • Comment 36, posted at 18.11.10 15:38:10 by bergshark Reply
  • @Honey Badger (Comment 35) : Plumtree will sort that crap out!

  • Comment 37, posted at 18.11.10 15:39:56 by Pokkel Reply
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  • And imagine meyer adding 6kg of muscle? Will be in the same class physically of a sbw ..

  • Comment 38, posted at 18.11.10 15:40:37 by bergshark Reply
  • @Pokkel (Comment 33) : I don’t rate Steyn or Grant as particularly flash either…

  • Comment 39, posted at 18.11.10 15:41:01 by robdylan Reply
  • If Meyer Bosman just keeps the level of play, that Andries Strauss gave us in the currie cup final, I will be very happy.

  • Comment 40, posted at 18.11.10 15:41:30 by Bump Reply
  • @Pokkel (Comment 37) : 😆 I hope [email protected]bergshark (Comment 36) : I am glad about MB coming
    @robdylan (Comment 39) : True

  • Comment 41, posted at 18.11.10 15:43:27 by Honey Badger Reply
    Honey Badger
  • Jlp is a tenacious defender ..and looking back at the sharks success in the 2010 cc ,that counts for plenty..remember stef’s words when receiving the cc trophy..

  • Comment 42, posted at 18.11.10 15:44:11 by bergshark Reply
  • That drop goal from JLP is still too fresh in my mind to like him… 😆

  • Comment 43, posted at 18.11.10 15:45:25 by Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 Reply
  • @bergshark (Comment 36) : yes – that has been the one aspect that both Dries and Swannie have struggled with… keeping the ball alive in contact.

  • Comment 44, posted at 18.11.10 15:45:36 by robdylan Reply
  • @bergshark (Comment 31) : No need to thank me. I just don’t see any reason to criticise a new player about to join the Sharks. Rather welcome them to the team and give them the support they need to win us matches. Besides, a change of scenery might just be what a player needs to revitalise his career.

    And yes we are all entitled to our own opinion, but I think we should rather wait until after the S15 before we crucify a new player. Atleast give him a chance to prove himself.

  • Comment 45, posted at 18.11.10 15:46:34 by Farlington Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 39) : There has always been a shortage of quality no 10’s in SA and that is why Lambie stands out.

  • Comment 46, posted at 18.11.10 15:51:46 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Farlington: my sentiments exactly .. Go out there you 2,and play some rugby!! Black-and-white.. Nothing else matters..sharks forever!!!

  • Comment 47, posted at 18.11.10 15:52:21 by bergshark Reply
  • McLeod called up to Bok squad

  • Comment 48, posted at 18.11.10 15:55:25 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • Odwa Ndungane, hooker Bandise Maku and uncapped scrumhalf Charl McLeod

  • Comment 49, posted at 18.11.10 15:57:24 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 48) :

    YES!!!!! 😀

  • Comment 50, posted at 18.11.10 15:57:28 by Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 Reply
  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 48) : Great news. Well done.

  • Comment 51, posted at 18.11.10 15:57:44 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Meyer bosman has signed a 3 year deal.. Means we could see a bosman and lindeque midfield in the not too distant future? Exciting times I tell you..exciting times indeed.. Go sharks!!

  • Comment 52, posted at 18.11.10 15:57:59 by bergshark Reply
  • We could have done a lot better than Meyer Bosman. He cant score tries and likes kicking the ball away. He will not fit into our game plan and Strauss was a way better bet. Sorry that Doppies from the lions don’t whant to join us.

  • Comment 53, posted at 18.11.10 16:01:04 by Supashark Reply
  • Thanks for that fab info,clayton 🙂 hope you get some points for delivering that great news :-).. Go charl!!! He must be super excited and thrilled .. 🙂

  • Comment 54, posted at 18.11.10 16:02:15 by bergshark Reply
  • Perhaps we could do with a ‘try creator’ at inside centre..

  • Comment 55, posted at 18.11.10 16:06:02 by bergshark Reply
  • @bergshark (Comment 54) : Thread will be up in a minute

  • Comment 56, posted at 18.11.10 16:06:31 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • @bergshark (Comment 54) : No problem whatsoever, unfortunately im of the folks that don’t benefit from points and cant win competitions 😉

  • Comment 57, posted at 18.11.10 16:08:10 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • Oh ..why that so clayton??

  • Comment 58, posted at 18.11.10 16:13:33 by bergshark Reply
  • @Supashark (Comment 53) : can’t score tries? Bollocks… Anyway, scoring tries is not really the 12’s primary job. How many tries did Dries score?

  • Comment 59, posted at 18.11.10 16:14:03 by robdylan Reply
  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 57) : I’m an employee 😛

  • Comment 60, posted at 18.11.10 16:22:13 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • @bergshark (Comment 58) : I’m an employee

  • Comment 61, posted at 18.11.10 16:23:25 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 61) : no no – you are a VOLUNTEER, meneer! Employees get paid 🙂

  • Comment 62, posted at 18.11.10 16:24:08 by robdylan Reply
  • Cool stuff ,clayton !

  • Comment 63, posted at 18.11.10 16:24:17 by bergshark Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 62) :

    I was just about to say something… 🙄 😆

  • Comment 64, posted at 18.11.10 16:25:49 by Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 Reply
  • (In a whispering voice to clayton): oops, the dictator ( 😉 ) overheard you.. Lol

  • Comment 65, posted at 18.11.10 16:26:26 by bergshark Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 62) : I’ve scored enough cool memories that it qualifies as a salary

  • Comment 66, posted at 18.11.10 16:35:56 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 66) : he he… smooth-tongued little bugger 🙂

  • Comment 67, posted at 18.11.10 16:40:32 by robdylan Reply
  • Rudolfs decision to get JLP seems stupid now but at the time of signing it was not a bad decision .JLP IS going to leave at some point can,t see how he gets picked above Lambie and don,t think he,ll be happy on the bench .The sharks team looks good for the future was really wrong about the sharks.Can,t wait to see a Hoffman ,Lambie partnership that will be insane .Still don,t understand why they let murrey go

  • Comment 68, posted at 18.11.10 23:26:10 by zvision10 Reply
  • @zvision10 (Comment 68) : I doubt Hoffman wil start ahead of charl,he is going to be a bench warmer I think

  • Comment 69, posted at 18.11.10 23:31:30 by Honey Badger Reply
    Honey Badger
  • meyer bosman is a carthorse, he is worse than wynand olivier…only shark fans will talk him up now that he has signed for them.

  • Comment 70, posted at 19.11.10 06:20:58 by Megatron Reply
  • @Megatron (Comment 70) : Morning Mega…good to see you back to your old self again. How you doing?

  • Comment 71, posted at 19.11.10 08:11:56 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Both Bosman and Potgieter, and before then Skeate and Van Staaden, are good acquisitions.
    The Super15 involves a lot more games than the previous comp and therefore players will have to be managed better. Just look at the squads in the European leagues and you will see that they have depth in numbers at the top clubs. Nothing wrong with some healthy competition as we dont want guys thinking they are guaranteed a place.

  • Comment 72, posted at 19.11.10 08:13:47 by SheldonK Reply
  • Charl macloed got kept out the western province team by hoffman when he was there .only reason hoffman wasn,t in the province team is because rassie loves Duvenage and Allister loves januarie .it will take time but given game time plus the fact he can place kick will give him a good chance

  • Comment 73, posted at 19.11.10 08:46:22 by zvision10 Reply
  • I’m not totally sold on hoffman as sh,for the main reason that every tim I’ve seen him play it has been anywhere but sh!.. Either fb or wing,centre-and all those times was as a sub.. (is he not going the utility back route?)..meyer bosman and jlp I rate highly,but have not seen enough of hoffman yet..that said ,I still wish him all the best at his new team..the sharks!!! ..would be nice to have an arti on conrad hoffman,to get to know the player and the person..

  • Comment 74, posted at 19.11.10 09:16:08 by bergshark Reply
  • The fact that it was mentioned that hoffman is a goalkicker,is an added bonus.. Any news on rory’s plans?

  • Comment 75, posted at 19.11.10 09:18:25 by bergshark Reply
  • @bergshark (Comment 74) : working on it

  • Comment 76, posted at 19.11.10 10:26:48 by robdylan Reply
  • Great,looking forward to read about conrad hoffman” in his own words”

  • Comment 77, posted at 19.11.10 12:17:00 by bergshark Reply

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