Vodacom Western Province are looking to secure the services of Springbok winger Breyton Paulse for the 2007 season.
The 30-year-old began his career with the Cape Town side in 1996, and after one season with French club Clermont in 2005, he is ready to resume his relationship with a South African union.
Paulse returned to the country earlier this year when Springbok coach selected him for the pre-season training camp. Although he played for the Boks in six Tests this year, he wasn’t contracted to a provincial union.
“I’m currently in negotiations with Western Province over a contract for next year,” Paulse told keo.co.za. “I’d love to play in the Super 14 for the Stormers.”
Paulse is well aware of the impresssive youngsters coming through the ranks in the Cape, but believes he still has a lot to offer the side.
“They are playing an amazing brand of rugby at the moment, and seem to be enjoying themselves. You can see that there is a lot of confidence in that team, as they are not afraid to have a go.
“I realise that there will be a lot of competition for a place in the starting line-up, but even if I don’t make the team, I can pass on my experience and help the younger guys.”
Paulse has represented his country 62 times, scoring 25 tries in all. His provincial record is no less prolific, with 66 tries for WP and 32 for the Vodacom Stormers. The union will undoubtedly ensure that they hold onto him this time.
Besides the present crop of backline talent, the Stormers will have fullback Hennie Daniller and centre Dewey Swartbooi at their disposal, as they have been contracted to Boland for 2007. Conrad Jantjes will also head to Cape Town at the end of the season.
By Jon Cardinelli