Port Elizabeth born and Grey School educated Curwin Bosch was awarded the Junior Springbok Player of the Year award at the SA Rugby Player of the Year Awards held at Gallagher Convention Centre on October 24, 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The flyhalf now plays for the Sharks after a stellar career in the Eastern Province which included representing Eastern Province in the following tournaments: SA Schools 2015, U18 Craven Week 2015, SA Schools 2014, U18 Craven Week 2014, U16 Grant Khomo Week 2013 and the U13 Craven Week 2010.
In 2016 Bosch moved to Kwa-Zulu Natal and began playing for the Sharks. Since then he has represented: SA Rugby U21 Provincial Champs 2016, the Cell C Sharks in the Currie Cup Premier Division 2016, South Africa U20 in the World Rugby U20 Championship 2016, Cell C Sharks XV in the Currie Cup Qualifying 2016 and Cell C Sharks in Vodacom Super Rugby 2016.
Bosch was a winner in the three categories for national teams; Steinhoff Springbok Sevens Player of the Year – Seabelo Senatla, Junior Springbok Player of the Year – Curwin Bosch and Springbok Women Player of the Year – Marithy Pienaar.
In winning the award Bosch beat fellow Grey High School team mate, Jeremy Ward and one other nominee Manie Libbok.
At the same award ceremony Pieter-Steph du Toit became the second Springbok lock in two seasons to be named as SA Rugby’s Player of the Year at a glittering awards ceremony at the Gallagher Conference Centre in Midrand.
The 24-year-old Du Toit follows in the footsteps of Lood de Jager, who walked away with the Award for the 2015 season, on a night where no fewer than eight of the winners are aged 25 or younger. The average age of all the players who won awards, is 22.7 years.
The Springbok and DHL Stormers lock fought off strong challenges for the top award from his middle row partner Eben Etzebeth, and a trio of Boks from the Emirates Lions, Ruan Combrinck, Jaco Kriel and Warren Whiteley.
The Golden Lions however did do exceptionally well at the Awards, with a total of five awards heading back to Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg.
The winners from Johannesburg were Malcolm Marx (Young Player of the Year), Elton Jantjies (Vodacom Super Rugby Player of the Tournament), Jacques Nel (Supersport Try of the Year) and Johan Ackermann (Coach of the Year), while the “Pride of Jozi”, the Emirates Lions, was named Team of the Year after a superb showing in Vodacom Super Rugby.
The prestigious Players’ Player of the Year Award, presented by MyPlayers and voted for by the players themselves, went to Jean-Luc du Preez of the Cell C Sharks, who was on Saturday included in the Springbok tour squad for the Barbarians match in London early next month.
The winners in the various competitions were Jantjies, Ox Nche of the Toyota Free State Cheetahs (Currie Cup Premier Division Player of the Year), Masixole Banda of the Border Bulldogs (Currie Cup First Division Player of the Year) and DHL Western Province’s Damian Willemse (Coca-Cola Craven Week Player of the Year).
SA Rugby, for the first time this year, rewarded one of their member unions with a Best Development Award, which went to the Blue Bulls Rugby Union.
“To see so many young players step up and make their mark certainly bodes well for the future and I would like to congratulate all the winners, as well as those who were nominated,” said Mr Mark Alexander, Acting President of SA Rugby.
“Many of the players who won awards this year, will thrill us for many years to come and I’m certainly excited to see what the future holds for them and South African rugby in its entirety.
“It was a challenging year for South African rugby in many respects, but there were still a lot of wonderful achievements worth celebrating and all the players who won awards tonight, fully deserve to walk away with the spoils.”
The award winners are (followed by nominees in alphabetical order):
- SA Rugby Player of the Year: Pieter-Steph du Toit. Nominees: Ruan Combrinck, Eben Etzebeth, Jaco Kriel, Warren Whiteley
- Young Player of the Year: Malcolm Marx. Nominees: Curwin Bosch, Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Seabelo Senatla, RG Snyman
- Players’ Player of the Year, presented by MyPlayers: Jean-Luc du Preez (Cell C Sharks)
- Team of the Year: Emirates Lions (Vodacom Super Rugby). Nominees: Springbok Sevens, Toyota Free State Cheetahs (Currie Cup Premier Division)
- Coach of the Year: Johan Ackermann (Emirates Lions, Xerox Golden Lions). Nominees: Brent Janse van Rensburg (Boland), Neil Powell (Springbok Sevens)
- Junior Springbok Player of the Year: Curwin Bosch. Nominees: Manie Libbok, Jeremy Ward
- SA Sevens Player of the Year: Seabelo Senatla. Nominees: Kyle Brown, Rosko Specman
- Vodacom Super Rugby Player of Year: Elton Jantjies (Emirates Lions). Nominees: Ruan Combrinck (Emirates Lions), Warren Whiteley (Emirates Lions)
- Currie Cup Premier Division Player of the Year: Ox Nche (Toyota Free State Cheetahs). Nominees: Huw Jones (DHL Western Province), Nico Lee (Toyota Free State Cheetahs)
- Currie Cup First Division Player of the Year: Masixole Banda (Border). Nominees: Johan Deysel (Leopards), George Whitehead (Griffons)
- Supersport Try of the Year: Jacques Nel (Xerox Golden Lions v DHL Western Province, Currie Cup Premier Division). Nominees: Garth April (Cell C Sharks v Sunwolves, Vodacom Super Rugby); Ruan Combrinck (Emirates Lions v Crusaders, Vodacom Super Rugby Qualifier); Rohan Janse van Rensburg (second try, Emirates Lions v Vodacom Bulls, Vodacom Super Rugby); Paul Jordaan (second try, Cell C Sharks v Southern Kings, Vodacom Super Rugby); Sylvian Mahuza (Emirates Lions v Southern Kings, Vodacom Super Rugby); Courtnall Skosan (Emirates Lions v Highlanders, Vodacom Super Rugby semi-final and Emirates Lions v Crusaders, Vodacom Super Rugby Qualifier).
- Coca-Cola Craven Week Player of the Year: Damian Willemse (DHL Western Province)
- Outsurance Referee Award: Rasta Rasivhenge
- Springbok Women’s Achiever Award: Marithy Pienaar
- Best Development Programme Award: Blue Bulls Rugby Union. Nominees: KwaZulu-Natal Rugby Union, Western Province Rugby Football Union
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