Bosch eyes Bok No 10 jersey

Curwin Bosch says he 'sees a bit of an opportunity' to wear the Springbok No 10 jersey in the Rugby Championship.

While the experienced Elton Jantjies is expected to replace the injured Handré Pollard if the Boks do play in the southern hemisphere tournament, youngsters Bosch and Damian Willemse will also be in contention.

During a digital Sharks press conference on Tuesday, Bosch – who earned two Test caps in 2017 and 2018 – was asked about his Bok ambitions.

'Personally, I’ve had a different approach this year with my main focus being on the Sharks and trying to help the team succeed. If I do that then Springbok selection will take care of itself.

'But I do see a bit of an opportunity to play No 10,' he admitted. 'It’s always my dream to play for the Springboks, that’s why I decided to stay at the Sharks. It was easy because we have become a special team in the last year.'

For now, Bosch is fully focused on the Sharks and Saturday's 'pre-season' match against the Bulls at Loftus in particular. The Sharks last played competitive rugby on 20 March, when they beat the Stormers in Durban, to finish round seven of Super Rugby at the top of the combined log.

'It will be tough for all of us to get that momentum back and it’s all about starting back at the basics once again,' he said. 'Saturday is the perfect opportunity for us to sharpen up our game and try out a couple of things we have been working on. We’re not looking too far ahead, we’re just going to take it game-by-game and hopefully we will improve every week.

'It’s great to be back and these are exciting times, but our bodies are still adjusting to contact, and it’s going to be different with no crowds. Our approach this week is a bit different because we are preparing for the Super Rugby/Currie Cup competition that is coming up. But why change what we have been doing when obviously we have been doing something right?'

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