SA Rugby flexes muscles on Bosch
Cape Town - Curwin Bosch's commitment to the Sharks in Super Rugby will be severely diluted in May ... if he is selected to be a part of the South African U-20 squad, that is.
But as one of the brightest lights in Super Rugby so far this year, it is almost impossible to see the 19-year-old not being a part of coach Chean Roux's squad that will travel to Georgia on May 25 to take part in the World Rugby U-20 Championships from May 31 - June 18.
Bosch has been massive for the Sharks this season, and he has become even more important now that he is wearing the No 10 jersey in the absence of the injured Pat Lambie.
The Junior Boks are in Bloemfontein at the moment where they are in a training camp that will run until April 9.
Bosch, however, was allowed to stay with the Sharks instead and he is now preparing for a crucial clash against the Lions in Johannesburg on Saturday and then a visit from the Jaguares in Durban next weekend.
The Sharks play their last game before the international break against the Stormers on May 27, and they had initially thought that they would have their playmaker available for all of their Super Rugby matches, including that one.
But, when contacted by Sport24, SA Rugby confirmed that, should Bosch be required to represent the Junior Boks in Georgia, that he would do so.
It means that he would certainly miss the Stormers match, while his Super Rugby participation throughout May could also be limited.
The Junior Boks will be holding camps in Stellenbosch from April 18 to May 12 (the Super Rugby players would have to join from May 7) and then from May 21-25 and all Super Rugby players - including Bosch, if he is selected - will be required to attend that final camp.
The Sharks, meanwhile, now say that they are focused on their immediate upcoming matches. They will wait for communication to come from SA Rugby before considering how the camps and the squad departure would impact on Bosch's Super Rugby participation.
The Sharks play the Kings in Port Elizabeth on May 13 (Bosch would have to be in camp from May 7-12) and then the Sunwolves away on May 20, the day before the final national camp.
None of this will matter, of course, if Springbok coach Allister Coetzee opts to include Bosch in his plans for June's three-Test series against France.