May 06, 2017
Bosch crowned fans' player of the year at Big Bash
After beating the likes of Jackson Wray, Michael Rhodes, Richard Wiggelsworth and Brad Barritt in a public vote Marcelo Bosch has been crowned Fans’ Player of the Season.
Marcelo Bosch has become a firm fans’ favourite during his time at Saracens since joining from Biarritz in 2013. This year’s Fan’s Player of the Season award is the Argentine’s first and comes after a brilliant season that has seen his performances get better and better as we reach the business end of the campaign. The outside-centre has a broad skill-set that has helped him win 39-caps for the Pumas including at the 2011 and 2015 World Cups. With four years at the club and three major honours to his name including the 2015 Premiership and 2016 double of the Premiership and Champions Cup.
Born in Buenos Aries on 7 January 1984, Bosch began his career in Argentina with the Belgrano Atltic Club where he spent three years. In 2006, he joined Biarritz where he enjoyed a successful seven-year spell in the Top 14. It was while playing in the South of France that he earned his place in the Argentina Squad. Making his debut in 2007, he was unfortunate to miss out on the chance to play a part in Los Pumas’ run to the Semi-Finals of that year’s tournament in France.
However, he was fortunate enough to earn a place at the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand. Featuring consistently as Argentina emerged from Pool B alongside England after beating Scotland in a tense encounter. Unfortunately for Bosch and his compatriots, they were met by hosts and eventual winners, the All Blacks, in the Quarter-Final. The 27-year-old had staked his claim for further international recognition and went on to feature for Argentina in the inaugural Rugby Championship in 2012. This was a competition that he featured in regularly up until his last cap in 2015 after he played an integral part in guiding his country to the Semi-Finals of the competition where they were defeated by Australia.
With the club, he was in the squad that won the Amlin Challenge Cup Final in 2012. A year later, after over 100 appearances for the Basque club he moved to North London to play for Saracens and immediately made an impact with fans and teammates alike. His first season with the Men in Black was a successful one, starting the 2014 Champions Cup final defeat against Toulon, before he went from strength to strength in his second campaign. A prodigious long-range kicker, he stepped up to the plate in the 2015 Champions Cup Quarter-Final to land a last-gasp kick from considerable range to take the spoils against Racing 92. Sarries went on to the semis of that year’s competition only to be defeated by Clermont.
Bosch was part of the side that won the double in 2016 but arguably it’s this, the 2016/2017 season that has seen the evergreen Argentine’s finest campaign in a Saracens shirt. An experienced operator, he is an excellent organisational influencer of the Sarries defence. These skills were evident during the Champions Cup defeat of Glasgow where he expertly marshalled the defence before adding a try to help Sarries into the Quarter-Final. Following on from this match, the 33-year-old was once again sublime in the Semi-Final defeat of Munster in Dublin. He had already scored a sensational try earlier in the campaign against Scarlets and added to his tally for the season with the winning score during April’s comeback victory over Northampton Saints.