Cape Town based Breyton Paulse is a former South African rugby union player who played at wing for the national team, the Springboks, from 1999 to 2003. He is now a regular studio analyst on Mnet Supersport.
Paulse garnered attention almost from the start of his top-flight rugby career with a hat-trick of tries in his first Currie Cup match in 1996, and eventually made his first Springboks appearance in 1999. In his first appearance for the Springboks against Italy, he scored a hat-trick.
By 2005, he had amassed 54 appearances for the Springboks, placing him in the top seven all-time for Springboks caps, and scored 22 tries. Perhaps his most notable Springboks match was a two-try performance against Australia in the 2002 Tri Nations. In the Currie Cup, playing mainly for Western Province, he averaged nearly a try a match.
Paulse played in France for Clermont Auvergne in the 2005’06 season in the Top 14. Springbok coach Jake White selected him for the 2005 Tri Nations, and started him in South Africa’s first three matches. He scored an important try in South Africa’s series-opening 22-16 win over Australia.
Breyton Paulse, or Breyty as he is known to his peers, hails from the Koue Bokkeveld close to a town called Ceres where he grew up on the De Keur farm. Here he did his schooling and also got into playing different kinds of sports from a very young age. He played cricket, soccer, participated in athletics’ but his passion always was rugby.
After school he studied at the University of Stellenbosch with the gracious support of the farm owner Mr Charl du Toit. He then seized the opportunity and made his breakthrough into Maties Rugby. He went on to represent the Maties and WP rugby teams. Critics were sure that he wouldn’t make the Springbok side and against all odds Breyty played 64 tests and became only the 7th player to play more then 50 tests for South Africa.
In 2006, he was picked by the Stormers franchise to be part of their team for the 2007 Super 14.
He was selected for the Springbok squad that was present at the 2003 Rugby World Cup finals, but was only selected to the 2007 Rugby World Cup finals, as a reserve player.