Cape Town - Former Springbok wing Breyton Paulse, who is looking for
opportunities in coaching, is keen to use this weekend's George 7s PL
tournament at Outeniqua Park as a vehicle to showcase his talents.
37-year-old made a comeback at last year's inaugural showpiece in the
colours of Kaizer Chiefs, but opted for a coaching role with the same
team at this year's event.
Paulse said he was keen to follow in
the footsteps of Kaizer Chiefs coach Gcobani Bobo and become more
involved in the technical side of the game.
Bobo made his
coaching debut for Chiefs last year and has since been snapped up by the
University of Johannesburg's Varsity Cup side.
"It is certainly something that I am interested in and this week will be a good learning curve for me," Paulse said on Thursday.
"I have always endorsed an attacking and adventurous style of rugby. Sevens certainly fits into that mindset.
"So I am keen to see how I can combine my philosophy into the more structured nature of coaching."
Paulse and Bobo are from a unique group of players who have played both 15's and sevens for the Springboks.
this stage I will be looking at the sevens code to start off, so it
will be important weekend for me to help the Kaizer Chiefs team towards
The tournament already proved to be a springboard for
players and coaches alike, something which pleased tournament promoter
"From the start, one of the objectives of the
tournament has been to develop players and coaches alike and to give
them a platform where they can learn their trade," Strauss said.
saw a number of newcomers to the tournament last year, like Seabelo
Senatla and Justin Geduld, who slotted in seamlessly to the demands of
the high performance Sevens World Series and that was very rewarding for
Pumas and SA President's XV coach Jimmy Stonehouse, will be
in charge of the Titans, while former Springbok Sevens coach Paul Treu
is in charge of Kenya and former Springbok Bevin Fortuin will guide
hosts SWD Eagles.
Neil Powell succeeded Treu as national coach was in charge of Samurai, who won the inaugural 7s PL title.
Samurai coach Marius Schoeman played for the BlitzBokke in more than 40
tournaments, while Eddie Fredericks (Cheetahs) and Jonathan Mokuena
(Living Ball) also donned the Sevens jersey.
(Sharks) and Pieter van den Berg (Leopards) proved to be the most
successful provincial sevens coaches in recent times, winning the SARU
interprovincial title in 2012 and 2013 respectively.