Jake White insists that Breyton Paulse remains part of his World Cup plans, despite being dropped for the end-of-year tour.
White brought Paulse back from France at the beginning of the year to play for the Boks, but has hardly used him this season. The winger started just three Tests â€“ both against Scotland and the first against New Zealand (in Wellington) â€“Â coming off the bench three times.
In the latest issue of SA Rugby magazine, Paulse complains about being “rested” for the home leg of the Vodacom Tri-Nations despite not playing regularly overseas. He also expresses his desire to be treated fairly by the national selectors.
As he is not contracted to any provincial union, Paulse did not play in the Absa Currie Cup either, and is now missing more rugby in November, with White opting for Akona Ndungane, Jaco Pretorius and Francois Steyn as wing options.
When asked about Paulse’s omission this week, White gave his standard response to tricky questions.
“Breyton is still part of our plans,” he told Beeld newspaper. “He has played in 62 Test matches and also knows the northern hemisphere conditions, having played a season’s club rugby in France.”
However, White did not say why the player’s experience and knowledge of the conditions were not required for the forthcoming tour.
While Paulse won’t wear the green and gold again this season, he will at least get an outing for the World XV when they play the Boks on 3 December.
“It is a great honour that the World XV want to play him. I just want him to look after himself and not do silly things,” said White.