English Midlands Premier outfit Burton have pulled off the coup of the year, signing former Argentina international Marcelo Bosch who is hoping to sign off from Saracens with a European Cup/Gallagher Premiership double.
The 35-year-old midfielder confirmed in early April that this would be his last season playing for the double-chasing Londoners, but his next move into English grassroots rugby will amaze people who feel he can still do a job in the professional ranks.
Instead of chasing top spot in the Premiership and hunting down European trophies, Bosch’s friendship with Burton director of rugby Mark Tweedle will now see him involved with a Midlands Premier outfit that finished seventh in a 14-team division that was won this year by Scunthorpe.
The Midland Premier is the fifth level of the pyramid structure in England and Bosch, who published a near three-minute video announcing his signing, can’t wait to get started.
“I’m currently a rugby player for Saracens,” he said initially in his message posted just two days before Saturday’s Champions Cup final versus Leinster. “I have been here for the last six years. We have the final of Europe now on Saturday and afterwards hopefully another one in three weeks’ time of the Premiership.
— Burton Rugby Club (@BurtonRFC) May 9, 2019
“Before I was in Biarritz, a club in France, for seven years and before that in Argentina where I was playing amateur rugby. It has been almost 13 years since I left Argentina and this journey as professional rugby player is coming to an end, but a new chapter is going to start and I’m very excited about it.
“As you may know, I know Mark and I will be working for him from now onwards. He invited me to be part of Burton Rugby Club from the next season onwards, which I’m very excited about. In our conversations he told me about the club and in a way I can see myself over there due to my experiences in the past.
An amazing win yesterday from the team and an emotional game for me. But definitely felt the love and support of all the @saracens family and for that I’ll be forever grateful. Cheers to another great memory with the club. pic.twitter.com/bxdcs2knhu
— Marcelo Tristán Bosch (@chelobosch84) May 5, 2019
“I come from an amateur background in Argentina. I come from a club called Belgrano Athletic. It’s a club that has a background from here in the UK. It’s pretty old, it’s from 1896 and it’s one of the four clubs that founded rugby in Argentina. It’s a club where I first started playing and made friends for my whole life.
“The six years in Saracens I have been experiencing the vision of this cub because when I started playing Saracens wasn’t what it was nowadays, winning trophies and competing every year for trophies. But I can understand how we arrived at this point.
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— Saracens Rugby Club (@Saracens) May 6, 2019
“It was the vision of the club and the values that we have, and in a way with the values you have in your club and the vision of what you want to achieve as a club, I see myself over there and I’m really looking forward to helping you out as a coach perhaps, as an advisor, perhaps as a player as well if I still have the legs.
“First of all, I want to say congratulations on an amazing season last year. I know that it was a tough season for you because it was a new category, but you made the job and you’re still in the same category, so I’m really looking forward to adding some value to you guys in the next season and to meet you all.”
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