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Curwin Bosch a once-in-a-generation player

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Cape Town – Former Springbok coach Peter de Villiers believes Sharks playmaker Curwin Bosch is an exceptional talent who should be managed properly.

The 19-year-old has taken the rugby world by storm with his performances for the Sharks in this year’s Super Rugby competition.

De Villiers, who coached the Springboks between 2008 and 2011, expressed his views on Bosch via a column for Kwese Sports.

De Villiers believes Bosch is a player with “x-factor and flair”, but has called on Bosch’s coaches to allow him the “freedom to express” himself on the park.

De Villiers used former Springbok utility back Brent Russell as an example of a player who never reached his full potential because of being forced to follow a certain game style.

“Russell had an extraordinary ability as a rugby player to beat defenders with his pace off the mark and stepping ability. But some coaches tried to change his attacking nature to fit into the South African way of playing. Unfortunately it didn’t work out…” De Villiers wrote.

Bosch has shown himself to be equally adept at fullback and flyhalf, but De Villiers called for the player to be utilised in one position.

“Curwin Bosch has more rugby ability in his DNA than many coaches and players put together. Because such a talented player is so rare, he is tricky to work with and very difficult to coach,” De Villiers continued.

“These ‘once-in-a-generation’ talents can play anywhere, in any position, and will do better than most of the players. But they should be destined for one position, and one position only.

“Do not let us walk the same bumpy road with Bosch as we did with natural talents like Russell, Francois Steyn and others, making them fill in where we have a problem or a hole to fill.”

De Villiers called for Bosch to receive the best support structures possible.

“This kid will bring South African rugby fans so much joy over the next decade if he is properly managed, because he already has the maturity at a such young age. He is truly FAT player. Faithful, Available and Teachable…”

As Springbok coach, De Villiers won the 2009 Tri-Nations, as well as a series win over the British and Irish Lions that same year.

During his tenure, he boasted five wins out of 11 Tests against the All Blacks – a better record than most Bok coaches in recent times.

De Villiers was the director of rugby at the University of the Western Cape between 2012 and 2015, but has since struggled to find work in rugby.

Read De Villiers’ full column on Kwese Sports

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REPORT BACK – Curwin Bosch U/20 World Championship 2016

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Congratulations Curwin Bosch with your wonderful performances at the U/20 Rugby World Champs last month. Plus you have just made your Super Rugby debut for the Sharks. Read his wonderful report back below. Stunning to journey with our young athletes as they step into their rightful place in the history of SA’s sport through hard work, dedication, commitment.

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U/20 World Championship Report Back

Name & Surname Curwin Bosch
Name of Tournament U/20 World Championship
Date 7 June- 25 June 2016
City and Country Manchester, England
How did you experience the capping before the champs, what did it mean to you? It was an honor being capped as a junior springbok. The experience was indescribable as being selected for the Junior Boks has always been one of my goals in my rugby career.
Highlights of the actual champs? RSA vs France game as I had a great game and was also chosen as the man of the match and also reaching the semi final.
Lessons learned from the champs? The margin for errors are small.

You have to every opportunity.

Enjoy every moment while it lasts.

General observations and vibe of the Champs/ host country? Very passionate supporters.

Friendly city.

England were great hosts and created a good vibe.

What/ who / motivated you throughout the  champs? Playing for my country was enough motivation to wake me up and push me to give my utmost best. Family & friends supported me throughout the tournament so very difficult to single out anyone. Grateful for the support.
Biggest challenge during the meet? England in the semi final.
What is happening next for you in sport? Just made my Super Rugby debut for the sharks. Hopefully I can catch attention of the coaches to get more game time
Anything Else you want to mention? Just want to say thank you to my Grandfather, Neville Milborrow and Grandmother, Jane Milborrow for their support. As well as my Aunt Elvira Milborrow and Girlfriend, Simonne Dreyer for supporting me no matter what I go through! Really grateful.


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Further Reading on Curwin:

Young Game Changers: Curwin Bosch

Fresh & Hungry – Curwin Bosch

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Sharks XV secure first win

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April 23, 2016

The Cell C Sharks secured their first win of the season with a comprehensive 48-18 (halftime 24-8) victory over the Windhoek Draught Welwitschias in their provincial tournament match at the King Zwelithini Stadium in Umlazi on Saturday.

Outside centre Marius Louw grabbed a hat-trick of tries while flyhalf Tristan Tedder enjoyed a fine personal match as he ended with 23 points courtesy of a try, six conversions and two penalties.

The Sharks XV had endured a tough start to the season, losing their opening two fixtures to Border and Boland respectively.

But they comprehensively outplayed the Namibians as they ran in six tries to three to condemn the Welwitschias to their third loss on the trot.

Despite the bonus-point win, the Sharks XV are still eighth on the log.

The hosts took an early lead through a Tedder penalty but it was the Welwitschias who scored the first try when fullback Riaan van Zyl went over for an unconverted score in the sixth minute.

The Sharks XV were stung into action and the impressive Louw grabbed his first try in the eighth minute.

The visitors narrowed the gap to two points when flyhalf Shaun Kaizemi slotted a 20th minute penalty but the rest of the half belonged to the hosts as Tedder and Louw both scored tries before halftime as the Sharks XV went to the break leading 24-8.

The Welwitschias started the second half in fine fashion and they narrowed the gap to 24-18 thanks to tries from left wing Russell van Wyk and flank Rohan Kitshoff.

But the Sharks XV soon reasserted their dominance with Louw completing his hat-trick in the 51st minutes before replacement lock Wian Vosloss and replacement fullback Curwin Bosch both scored tries.


Cell C Sharks – Tries: Curwin Bosch, Marius Louw (3), Tristan Tedder, Wian Vosloo; Conversions: Tedder (6); Penalties: Tedder (2).

Windhoek Draught Welwitschias – Tries: Russell van Wyk, Rohan Kitshoff, Riaan van Zyl; Penalty: Shaun Kaizemi.

Source: Saru

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Fresh & Hungry – Curwin Bosch

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Curwin Bosch is a brilliant Youth Rugby player and rising star to keep a keen eye on for our nation’s sporting future. With many accolades behind his name, he particularly revels in being named the Craven Week Player of the Year for 2014. Internationally he ran out in his green and gold colours as part of Team SA in Samoa this year, at the Commonwealth Youth Games.

Born in Port Elizabeth, this humble and proudly Grey High School student is a balanced athlete, a deep thinker and a hard worker. He speaks with high esteem, honour and respect about his wonderful team mates.

He will be making his way to the amazing Sharks Academy for 2016 as he further pursues his rugby and academic careers.

Once again I say this with absolute conviction – I am seeing such a wonderful generation of young men and women rising up amongst us, who are becoming true world changers and history makers on and off the sports fields.

Athlete: Bio / Stats

Name & Surname Curwin Bosch
Nick Name CB, Boschy
Date of birth 25-06-1997
Place of birth Port Elizabeth
Current City Port Elizabeth
Height 1.83m
Weight 80kg’s



Q: Tell me a little bit about how you started in Rugby, and your journey up to now?

I started playing rugby at the age of 9. I didn’t have the opportunity to play as much rugby in my junior school, as sport was not such a big deal. Luckily I made the EP u12 and was spotted by Grey Junior who immediately offered me a bursary to further my career at Grey Junior and later Grey High School.

Q: What is the highest accolade that you have achieved in Rugby and what is your greatest personal accomplishment?

My highest achievement in rugby at this point would most definitely be representing SA Schools team for 2 years (2014-2015). My highest personal achievement would most definitely be winning the Cravenweek Player of the year 2014.

I think my support base has to be mentioned as something that has driven me to where I am today! I’m very grateful for my family and friends who supported me through thick and thin. I also think my dedication and love for the game has grown in this manner which in turn contributes to my achievements.

Q: You have represented Team SA for Rugby 7’s in Somoa, how did you experience it?

It was a very good yet very different experience! Somoa has a very different lifestyle compared to what we have in SA. On the rugby field is was a very enjoyable tour. I’ve learnt a lot during the time with the 7’s and I enjoyed playing with a great bunch of guys!

Q: How do you manage to fit in both sports and academics into your schedule?

Hahaha the question that always comes up! I try my best to get a good balance between academics and sport even though sport seems to creep ahead of academics sometimes… hahahahahah

Q: Beside your Athletics what do you have a passion for?

I used to be a sprinter, went to SA’s for athletics whilst still u15 for 100m and 200m event. I also used to be a tennis player back when rugby wasn’t the only sport I did. Haha


Q: Would you like to share a little bit more about your faith journey and how it has affected your life / sports?

I am a Christian. My faith has let me down at times during difficulty but I’ve been working hard at trying to correct that, which I seem to be improving on.

Q: What do you do to relax?

I love spending time with my girlfriend, Simonne Dreyer who lives in Pretoria. I also love spending time on my own.

Q: Which athletes inspire you?

I have quite a few rugby players that I look up to, the likes of Dan Carter (New Zealand), Jonny Wilkinson(England), Matt Giteau (Australia). These are all players who I’ve looked up to from childhood simply because of their values as people and for the example they set on the field.

Q: What is your personal favourite motivational quote?

I have quite a few but one that stands out the most,

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right”

Q: What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

I think I’ve heard it more than once. Something that stood out was that you never know when you’ll play your last game so enjoy every game like it’s your last.

Q: What is your biggest challenge, and what do you do to manage this challenge?

I’d say my biggest challenge in the past 2 years of my life would most probably be dealing with critics, the media and its negative effects especially on rugby players. So dealing with that for the 1st time was difficult but in the professional environment you get used to it.

Q: When you’ve had a tough / bad day, what lifts you up again?

That’s when I like to spend time by myself just to regroup again! I don’t want any other outside influences I like to solve my problems or upsets by myself, I appreciate the help from others but I prefer to do it on my own.

Q: What’s to be expected next from you?

I am joining the Sharks Academy in 2016. I’d like to establish myself in some team whilst there and hopefully get the opportunity at a higher level.

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Thank you so much for taking this interview. We would like to wish you all the best for your journey ahead. We look forward to following you as you go from strength to strength. Blessings!





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Fresh & Hungry: Frank Heslop

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I have decided to do a series of interviews with our young athletes called “Fresh & hungry”. These interviews will feature the “older” young athletes. I will be asking a few more in depth questions compared to the questions asked to the younger athletes in the “Meet the Young Athletes” series. The Fresh & hungry questions will hopefully give some insight into the minds of these young athletes and maybe even reveal a few secrets for us to learn from.

First up in our Fresh & Hungry Series, I speak to Frank Heslop born 26 March 1996, up-and-coming young footballer, ex-swimming champs medallist and dedicated academic, blogger, who currently attends the Sharks Soccer Academy in Durban. He is a Cambridge University matric graduate – class of 2013, currently first year Varsity College student, studying B.Com and Jesus follower.

Read on to see what stirs this young man and what his plans hold for the future……


So Frank, you just turned 18, how does that make you feel?

I am not going to lie, I am starting to feel quite old and that time is slowly running away.

You are passionate about your football, tell me a little bit about your football journey up to now.

It has been an amazing journey, from starting out in football and developing a passion for the game. I started out playing club football and then I realised that I want a career in football so I joined an academy and I am still in an academy, so thus far I am living the dream as many people would love to have the opportunity that I have. Football has allowed me to travel in the past, I will always treasure my trip to Brazil a few years back, and hopefully it will allow me to travel in the future.


You matriculated at the age of 16, how did that make you feel and how did it affect your football?

At that stage the midnight oil was my best buddy! Finishing school early allowed me to focus on my football and take my time with important decisions to make sure that the decisions I make were the best decisions possible.

What are you currently pursuing or what isn’t happening yet that you’re interested in making happen?

I told you, I am feeling quite old now at 18 so I feel it is time for me to break into some professional teams and move on to bigger things such as playing oversees.

Beside your football, what do you have a passion for?

I have a passion for human performance, I want to know what allows people’s bodies to perform the way it does. I am also always trying to figure out how people become or have become good at what they do, I do not fully believe in natural talent. I believe that is either their environment or their hard work that allows them to become so good.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

My father always says “You have to see yourself there (Overseas)”. My Grandfather says “Never give up”. I love this because this is what will determine whether I make it in football or not. Whether I go through ups or downs these two words of advice will determine if I succeed.


How do you currently manage to balance all the things in your life?

You will hear it all the time and it is no secret “Hard Work and Determination”. If I do not work hard I will not make it.

You have been living away from home since the age of 14 – what life lessons have you learned in this regard?

Firstly I have realised how much I need my family. They are the reason I am where I am. They are my motivation. Secondly life is not fair and if you lack even the slightest bit of confidence you will not succeed. Being away has really helped me put my trust in Jesus to deliver me from all circumstances, and trust me He has come through.


Family time

Fun with my baby-bro!

Fun with my baby-bro!


I see you often post stuff from Eric Thomas – “the hip hop preacher”, do you feel influenced by his life story?

Yeah because he has failed for so long and has never given up. It took him 12 years to get a 4 year degree, so he understands what it feels like to persevere. Many people would not even last 2 years yet he lasted 12. That is not even his full testimony. I love that he uses his testimony to change people’s lives. I love that he stands strong in his faith in Jesus.

Do you think that sports can be a ministry tool by which the lost can be reached?

Yes I do. I believe that sports is a platform to reach out to the lost and preach the Gospel. The whole world watches sports and many people look up to sportsmen and women so therefore they can make an impact on souls.

Tell me one thing about Frank David Heslop that the world does not know?

I enjoy eating bunny chows an Indian dishes.


Down time!

I’m sure you have many things going on right now, what’s to be expected next from Frank Heslop?

I am looking forward to the future, I am seeing some huge things happening and I believe that the right doors will open up. I have huge dreams and I believe soon I will be living out these dreams.

Thank you Frank for speaking to me in this interview.  I wish you all the very best blessings for your academic and sports endeavours, and would love to follow your progress and plans for the future.

Blog Posts Written by Frank here:

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Training Time at Sharks

Training Time at Sharks

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I am looking forward to the future, I am seeing some huge things happening and I believe that the right doors will open up. I have huge dreams and I believe soon I will be living out these dreams. Frank









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For The Love Of The Game

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For The Love Of The Game by Frank David Heslop

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I thought quite hard on how I should start off and what I should write about in my first essay and then it hit me. I thought let me start with how I started off in sport.

I remember as a child why I used to play the beautiful game. It was never about achieving anything great in the beginning, yet I trained so damn hard as if I was trying to achieve something though. On the journey of becoming a sportsman (high school years), I started on a high note but then I suddenly reached a tough patch. I have had some tough fighting, situations that I could not see myself overcoming. The thought of giving up would sometimes find its way into my thoughts, but I always had great people in my life to keep me going.

I would fall down and pick myself up again and again, with the help of my great family. Yet one thing I did not learn was to overcome the disappointment and anger of falling. Falling is the best way to learn and develop. However one needs to learn to fall without hurting oneself so badly that it takes too long to recover. This was the biggest problem with me at the time: that when I fell it would take something valuable away from me and I would either not recover properly or take too long to recover.

So to get back to the point of why I used to play the beautiful game as a child. It was because I loved playing it. I had no one telling me that I should give up because I am not good enough and even if I did I would not even care because I was playing the game for the right reason, because I loved it. I did not care about the coach’s or anyone’s opinion, I just wanted to play because it brought me joy. I could spend hours outside or in the yard kicking the ball around because of the love I had for the game.

Now whenever you in a tough patch in your sports career, remember why you started playing the sport in the first place and try to play it exactly the same way that you did as a child, with joy and happiness. Then when you fall, you will fall with joy and even though you might get hurt falling you will always be able to get back up. Picture a baby trying to transition from crawling to walking, they will fall a thousand times, sometimes they laugh and sometimes they cry but they will always fall just hard enough to pick themselves back up again.

My final words are the most important of all from 1 John 4:7-8. It says; “Dear friends, let us love one another, because love is from God, and everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, because God is love”. At the end of this scripture it says that “God is love” meaning that if you play with love and for love, you are playing with God and for God because He is love and He has created love. So that feeling you get whenever you feel as if you enjoying the sport or game so much that you say you love it, that is God right by you guiding you because you are playing with Him by your side.

Frank Heslop

Frank Heslop

Frank training at the Sharks

Frank training at the Sharks

Frank in action for the Sharks

Frank in action for the Sharks

Frank in action for the Sharks

Frank in action for the Sharks


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