The Springboks ageing wings for the first Test against Scotland should not be taken lightly by the visitors.
Breyton Paulse, at 30 is not quite over the hill, while Andre Snyman (32-years-old) has been one of the form wings in the English Premiership this past season.
Between them they have 92 Test caps – Paulse has 56 and Snyman 36. Along with Montgomery, also 32 and with 73 Test caps it is the most experienced back three combination selected in 100 years of Bok rugby.
In total they have 165 caps, which while just being a statistic, is commendable and will please stats guru Jake White no end. Paulse holds the record for the most tries scored by a Springbok wing (22).
Former Bok captain Bobby Skinstad defended the two players, both of whom he has played with in the green and gold.
“They have played very well. An interesting fact about Breyton is that for his club he has played left wing, right wing, outside centre and fullback. So I certainly think he is a more rounded winger than when he left South Africa,” Skinstad said on Boots&All.
And he was not referring to the new afro hairstyle Paulse is sporting since his return from France! “He still has the pace and the great sidestep, but he will have learned plenty while in France.”
“And Andre Snyman is in great physical condition and has been scoring tries. It’s not his fault, but rather the guys around him that didn’t keep the team up.”
By Andrew Hollely