Breyton Paulse can’t wait to wear the green and gold again when the Springboks take on Scotland in Durban on Saturday.
The Springbok winger spent nine months in France playing for club side Clermont, although he still took part in the 2005 Tri-Nations and started the end-of-year Test in Paris. A combination of a hectic northern hemisphere schedule (involving the French Championship and European Cup) and the cold, wet weather persuaded Paulse to return home in June.
“It’s great to be back,” Paulse told keo.co.za. “I played around 30 matches for Clermont while I was there and didn’t get a break because I was the overseas player. That kind of schedule takes it’s toll, and I’m just glad I didn’t pick up any injuries.”
With 56 Tests and 22 tries to his name, Paulse is one of the senior members of the Springbok squad. He admits his role now includes mentoring his inexperienced team-mates.
“I’ve been around a while now [he made his Test debut in 1999] and have learnt a lot in that time,” he said. “I guess I’m a lot more streetwise. Hopefully, I can impart some of that knowledge to others in the team.”
Barring injury, Paulse is almost certain to play in his third World Cup next year in France.
“That’s obviously a big goal of mine, but there’s a lot of rugby to be played before then,” he said. “At the moment I’m just really excited about the 2006 season, and Saturday’s Test against Scotland in particular. It will be great to wear the green and gold again.”
By Simon Borchardt