Why Paulse’s still positive

Breyton Paulse’s spirit has not been broken, despite being dropped by Springbok coach Jake White.

sar118.jpgIn the new issue of SA Rugby magazine, on sale this week for just R18.95, the winger insists he can make an impact for the Boks at the 2007 World Cup.

“I am still in good condition and I reckon I have lots to give,” he says. “Apart from anything else I can offer experience to the younger players. I would love to have a good World Cup.”

Further on in the article, Paulse expresses his frustration with the national selectors.

“I don’t mind being dropped when I play badly, I just want to be treated fairly,” he says. “I did not feel that I needed a rest for the home leg of the Tri-Nations. I had hardly played on the overseas leg and I was hungry to play.”

Also in the new issue of SA Rugby magazine, on sale this week:

– Unlocking Twickenham: Nick Mallett, Corne Krige and Gary Gold pick their match 22s to beat England.

– Pierre Spies: “We will be ready for England”.

– Why Stuart Abbott turned down Rudolf Straeuli in 2003.

– Lions centre Jaco Pretorius puts his foot on the gas.

– Saluting our Currie Cup stars: Gio Aplon, Gary Botha, Warren Britz and Phillip Burger.

– How Murray Mexted’s Academy gave Francois Steyn an edge.

– What the Boks can learn from rugby league’s defensive systems.

– Five former All Blacks rate the best team in the world (and explain why there’s still plenty of room for improvement).

– Keo on why the Boks must dominate the rucks in Dublin if they’re to avoid another defeat to Ireland.

– Naas selects his best backs of the Currie Cup, and Mallett his best forwards (expect some surprises).

– Who knows Schalk Burger better? His brother Tiaan or girlfriend Michele?

– How foreigners have invaded the Premiership.

– PLUS: We begin our World Cup countdown.