Wednesday, June 15, 2011

New Stars since RWC 2007 - Marcelo Bosch

27 year old Marcelo Bosch is a player to watch out for as the countdown to Rugby World Cup 2011 continues. Bosch is now in the off-season as the European season has come to a close. The 2010-2011 season was a highly successful one for Bosch who played the full season for Biarritz after suffering season ending injuries in the two previous seasons, both of which required surgery with Bosch having shoulder and knee reconstruction. He has come a long way since the start of the 2010-2011 season and has been transformed into an outside centre after Biarritz had previously used Bosch as the clubs fullback before and earlier as flyhalf capable of playing inside centre. Bosch impressed in the 13 shirt for Biarritz to the extent that he played the entire season in this position for the club including the teams Heineken Cup Quarter Final clash vs Toulouse and Top 14 Quarter Final clash vs Clermont.

His natural position is at flyhalf but coincidently, it is a position in which Los Pumas are well served at the present while stocks at outside centre are not as strong. His season in the Biarritz 13 shirt was therefore extremely useful for Bosch and the Argentine rugby coaching staff as they prepare to select a squad for New Zealand 2011. Bosch had a solid 2010-2011 season for Biarritz at 13 and has made the position his own for the South-Western French club. Not only has he been able to make a successful transition to the midfield, but he has also stated that he no longer wants to play flyhalf. With age on his side there is plenty of reason to believe that Bosch could go far as a 13 and will give Gonzalo Tiesi a serious challegne for the Los Pumas 13 shirt.

Born in Buenos Aires on January 07 1984, Bosch went through the ranks in Argentine rugby en route to playing flyhalf for the Argentine Under 21 side in 2005. His next season proved to be life turning as Bosch made the senior Buenos Aires selection, the Argentina Rugby Sevens side and Argentina A. Bosch played flyhalf for Argentina A in the IRB Nations Cup against Italy A, Portugal and Russia and played in four IRB World Sevens legs in London, Los Angeles, Paris and Wellington. His performances attracted the attention of European clubs and hs joined Biarritz for the 2006-2007 season and has had his contract extended twice.

Before joining Biarritz in 2006, Bosch played for Belgrano Athletic Club in Buenos Aires. He made his test debut in 2007 vs Italy in Mendoza in a match which Los Pumas won 24-6. He missed out on selection for France 2007 after having only played one test due mainly to the fact that Argentina selected only 13 backs and Juan Martín Hernández was selected as a flyhalf rather than fullback. Bosch thus had to wait until June 2008 to play again for his country and started at inside centre vs Italy in Córdoba, kicking two penalty goals following Hernández´s departure from the match due to injury. After looking certain to feature for Argentina in the November 2008 tour of France, Italy and Ireland, Bosch was unavaliable due to injury which dominated his 2008-2009 season. He returned for the 2009-2010 season and was playing well at fullback before getting injured badly again which meant he missed all of Argentina´s matches in 2009. Fortunes appeared to have changed in the 2010-2011 season as Bosch was able to play the full season and was recalled to Los Pumas, starting at inside centre vs Ireland and replacing Santiago Fernández in the same position as a replacement vs France. Despite only playing four tests in as many years, Bosch is a highly talented player who will make the Pumas squad for New Zealand 2011 and looms as the ideal player for the bench as he has played flyhalf, inside centre, outside centre and fullback professionally. The poly-funcional Bosch looks set to shine on the world stage.

Marcelo Bosch por pepsiglass

1 comment:

  1. Bosch was terrible against Ireland in November, I think Tiesi is a more solid option at centre but doesn't offer as much in attack, outside centre is a problem position for the Pumas most of their options there are naturally more suited to inside centre