Breyton Paulse
Full names: Breyton Jonathan
Date of birth: 25 Apr 1976
Place of birth: Ceres
School: Skurweberg
Springbok no: 647
Debut test province: Western Province
Physical: 1.77m, 76.2kg
Current age: 46

Test summary: Tests: 64 Tries: 26
First Test: 12 Jun 1999 Age:23 Right Wing against Italy at Boet Erasmus, Port Elizabeth
Last Test: 14 Jul 2007 Age:31 Right Wing against New Zealand at Lancaster Park (Jade stadium), Christchurch
Test history:
12 Jun 199923Right WingItalyWin: 74-33 triesBoet Erasmus, Port ElizabethWP
19 Jun 199923Right WingItalyWin: 101-0 Kingspark, DurbanWP
10 Jul 199923Right WingNew ZealandLose: 0-28 Carisbrook, DunedinWP
17 Jul 199923Right WingAustraliaLose: 6-32 Suncorp Stadium (Lang Park), BrisbaneWP
14 Aug 199923ReserveAustraliaWin: 10-9 Newlands, Cape TownWP
03 Oct 199923ReserveScotlandWin: 46-29 Murrayfield, EdinburghWP
10 Oct 199923Full BackSpainWin: 47-3 Murrayfield, EdinburghWP
04 Nov 199923Right WingNew ZealandWin: 22-181 tryMillenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffWP
10 Jun 200024Right WingCanadaWin: 51-182 triesBasil Kenyon Stadium, East LondonWP
17 Jun 200024Right WingEnglandWin: 18-13 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaWP
24 Jun 200024Right WingEnglandLose: 22-27 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinWP
08 Jul 200024Right WingAustraliaLose: 23-442 triesColonial Stadium (Telstra Dome), MelbourneWP
22 Jul 200024Right WingNew ZealandLose: 12-25 Lancaster Park (Jade stadium), ChristchurchWP
29 Jul 200024Right WingAustraliaLose: 6-26 Stadium Australia, SydneyWP
19 Aug 200024Left WingNew ZealandWin: 46-40 Ellispark, JohannesburgWP
26 Aug 200024Left WingAustraliaLose: 18-19 Kingspark, DurbanWP
12 Nov 200024Right WingArgentinaWin: 37-332 triesRiver Plate, Buenos AiresWP
26 Nov 200024Right WingWalesWin: 23-131 tryMillenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffWP
02 Dec 200024Right WingEnglandLose: 17-25 Twickenham, LondonWP
16 Jun 200125Right WingFranceLose: 23-321 tryEllispark, JohannesburgWP
23 Jun 200125Right WingFranceWin: 20-15 Kingspark, DurbanWP
30 Jun 200125Right WingItalyWin: 60-142 triesBoet Erasmus, Port ElizabethWP
21 Jul 200125Right WingNew ZealandLose: 3-12 Newlands, Cape TownWP
28 Jul 200125Right WingAustraliaWin: 20-15 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaWP
18 Aug 200125Right WingAustraliaDraw: 14-14 Subiaco Oval, PerthWP
25 Aug 200125Right WingNew ZealandLose: 15-26 Eden Park, AucklandWP
10 Nov 200125Right WingFranceLose: 10-20 Stade de France, ParisWP
17 Nov 200125Right WingItalyWin: 54-26 Luigi Ferraris Stadium, GenoaWP
24 Nov 200125Right WingEnglandLose: 9-29 Twickenham, LondonWP
08 Jun 200226Left WingWalesWin: 34-19 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinWP
15 Jun 200226Left WingWalesWin: 19-8 Newlands, Cape TownWP
29 Jun 200226Right WingArgentinaWin: 49-29 P.A.M. Brink Stadium, SpringsWP
06 Jul 200226ReserveSamoaWin: 60-18 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaWP
27 Jul 200226Left WingAustraliaLose: 27-38 Wooloongabba, BrisbaneWP
10 Aug 200226Right WingNew ZealandLose: 23-30 Kingspark, DurbanWP
17 Aug 200226Right WingAustraliaWin: 33-312 triesEllispark, JohannesburgWP
09 Nov 200226Right WingFranceLose: 10-30 Stade Velodrome, MarseillesWP
16 Nov 200226Right WingScotlandLose: 6-21 Murrayfield, EdinburghWP
23 Nov 200226Right WingEnglandLose: 3-53 Twickenham, LondonWP
24 Oct 200327Left WingGeorgiaWin: 46-19 Sydney Football Stadium (Aussie stadium), SydneyWP
12 Jun 200428Right WingIrelandWin: 31-17 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinWP
19 Jun 200428Right WingIrelandWin: 26-171 tryNewlands, Cape TownWP
26 Jun 200428Right WingWalesWin: 53-181 tryLoftus Versfeld, PretoriaWP
17 Jul 200428Right WingPacific IslandsWin: 38-242 triesCentral Coast Stadium, GosfordWP
24 Jul 200428Right WingNew ZealandLose: 21-23 Lancaster Park (Jade stadium), ChristchurchWP
31 Jul 200428Right WingAustraliaLose: 26-30 Subiaco Oval, PerthWP
14 Aug 200428Right WingNew ZealandWin: 40-261 tryEllispark, JohannesburgWP
21 Aug 200428Right WingAustraliaWin: 23-19 Kingspark, DurbanWP
06 Nov 200428Right WingWalesWin: 38-36 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffWP
13 Nov 200428Right WingIrelandLose: 12-17 Aviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road), DublinWP
20 Nov 200428Right WingEnglandLose: 16-32 Twickenham, LondonWP
23 Jul 200529Right WingAustraliaWin: 33-20 Ellispark, JohannesburgWP
30 Jul 200529Right WingAustraliaWin: 22-161 tryLoftus Versfeld, PretoriaWP
06 Aug 200529Right WingNew ZealandWin: 22-16 Newlands, Cape TownWP
20 Aug 200529Right WingAustraliaWin: 22-19 Subiaco Oval, PerthWP
26 Nov 200529Right WingFranceLose: 20-26 Stade de France, ParisClermont
10 Jun 200630Left WingScotlandWin: 36-161 tryKingspark, DurbanClermont
17 Jun 200630Right WingScotlandWin: 29-15 Boet Erasmus, Port ElizabethClermont
15 Jul 200630ReserveAustraliaLose: 0-49 Suncorp Stadium (Lang Park), BrisbaneClermont
22 Jul 200630Right WingNew ZealandLose: 17-351 tryWestPac Stadium, WellingtonClermont
02 Sep 200630ReserveNew ZealandWin: 21-20 Royal Bafokeng Stadium, RustenburgClermont
09 Sep 200630ReserveAustraliaWin: 24-161 tryEllispark, JohannesburgClermont
07 Jul 200731Right WingAustraliaLose: 17-251 tryStadium Australia, SydneyWP
14 Jul 200731Right WingNew ZealandLose: 6-33 Lancaster Park (Jade stadium), ChristchurchWP

Top 50 Boks: 34 – Breyton Paulse :

Breyton Paulse had one of the most decorated careers in South African rugby history. When he hung up his boots after the 33-6 loss to the All Blacks in Christchurch on July 14, 2007, he had won 64 Test caps – ninth on the all-time Springbok list – and scored 26 tries – fourth on the all-time Springbok list.

Paulse’s phenomenal try-scoring ability was immediately evident when he accomplished the rare feat of scoring a hat-trick on international debut against Italy in Port Elizabeth on June 12, 1999. It proved to be a feat he would never repeat on Test level although he scored braces against Australia (twice), Argentina, Canada, Italy and the Pacific Islands respectively.

He was a member of the 1999 World Cup squad and received the honour of being named the SA Player of the Year in 2000. He played in his second World Cup in 2003 and helped the Springboks win their second Tri-Nations title in 2004.

The following year, he moved to France where he took up a contract with Clermont but continued to play for the Boks as South Africa had abandoned their policy of excluded overseas-based players from national selection at the time.

The small, electrifying winger scored a hat-trick on his senior debut for Western Province in 1996 where he played the majority of his provincial career bar the one-year stint at Clermont. His elusive running and trademark flip after crossing the whitewash made him a huge crowd favourite. He remains one of Newlands most beloved sons.


  • SA Young Player of the Year nominee, 1997
  • SA Player of the Year nominee, 1999
  • SA Player of the Year, 2000
  • Member of the Springbok Tri-Nations winning squad, 2004