Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Marcelo Bosch scores first try in Aviva Premiership

Photo The Rugby Paper
First choice Pumas outside centre Marcelo Bosch scored his first Aviva Premiership try this past weekend as he went over near the left corner in Saracens´ home match against London Irish. He arrived in England earlier this season after having completed international duty for Los Pumas in the 2013 Rugby Championship where he was named as the best Argentine back of the tournament.

Having had mixed success with Biarritz Olympique Bosch moved from France to England to continue his career at Saracens. Bosch played for the Basque club from 2006-2013 but left after the club was unhappy with him missing out on club duty from August - October due to his involvement in the Rugby Championship.

While at Biarritz Bosch played over one hundred matches for the club in a variety of positions. He was initially used in his natural position of fly half before being moved to fullback and finally to outside centre in the 2010-2011 season. His move to outsde centre resulted in him becoming Argentina´s leading player in the position following his successful transition where he replaced specialist Gonzalo Tiesi who was injured in the Rugby World Cup 2011 opener against England.

Bosch started in the 13 shirt for the remainder of the World Cup and has retained the position to date, now having been capped twenty-five times. He replaced Tiesi against England but played fly half due to Felipe Contepomi also being injured in the match. Thereafter Bosch has been used only as a mid-fielder and mainly at outside centre for Argentina. He has remained injury free throughout this period which is contrary to his earlier days at Biarritz when he required shoulder and knee reconstruction surgery.

His move to London has been a blessing as he is set to appear in the Heineken Cup Quarter Finals and Saracens stands a good chance of reaching the Aviva Premiership Final. By way of comparison Biarritz is deep in the relegation zone and time is running out for the team to survive. Bosch turned 30 last month.

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