Bosch up for top award

Curwin Bosch has been nominated for the World Rugby U20 Championship Player of the Tournament award.

The Junior Boks fullback will go up against Ireland No 8 Max Deegan, Japanese wing Ataata Moeakiola, England flyhalf Harry Mallinder and New Zealand wing Shaun Stevenson.

Bosch, who was named Man of the Match in the SA U20s’ final pool game against France, is the top point-scorer in the tournament with 59 (two tries, 14 conversions and seven penalty goals).

Bok flyhalf Handré Pollard was the last South African to win the award, in 2014, while Bok centre Jan Serfontein claimed it in 2012, when the Junior Boks won the tournament on home ground.

'It is an honour to be nominated among such fantastic players for the Player of the Tournament,' said Bosch, who celebrates his 19th birthday on Saturday. 'It is a special achievement. But my only focus at this point is for our team to secure the bronze medal on Saturday. Argentina are tough opponents and they will give everything, but we plan to do the same.'

World Rugby will announce the Player of the Tournament after the final between England and Ireland on Saturday night.

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