Pretoria - Springbok and Bulls scrumhalf Rudy Paige wants to
build on to the impressive season he enjoyed in 2015.
Paige was a top performer during last year’s Super Rugby
season. His outstanding form saw him preferred as the first-choice scrumhalf in
the Bulls squad, which added value to the Pretoria team’s overall game play,
especially on attack.
The 26-year-old also attracted the attention of the national
selectors, which saw him earn his first Springbok call-up. He also went on to
achieve one of his biggest goals, making the Springbok Rugby World Cup squad
for the tournament in England.
“Making the World Cup squad was definitely one of my
highlights for 2015. The biggest one was making my Test debut for South Africa
against the USA,” Paige told MyPlayers.co.za. “It was such an amazing
experience, on and off the field.
“I was very happy with my game last season, but I need to
continue working hard. I want to come back even better... there’s always room
“I want to play my way back into the Bulls No 9 jersey and make
sure I perform consistently well during Super Rugby. If I can achieve that,
many more rewards will follow.”
The Bulls will welcome a number of young players in the
senior squad this season. Paige believes the senior players have an important
role during this new chapter.
“It’s exciting times at the Bulls as we have a new coach and
many new faces in the squad. We are lucky at the Bulls to have so much great
talent coming through the structures, but we need to help the young guys
settle,” said Paige.
“Super Rugby is a big step-up from the Currie Cup, so they
will need time to experience the pace of the game at a higher level. If we can
give them guidance and advice, it will help them keep up with the pace much
Paige has enjoyed some down-time over the festive period
with his family and friends in George and Oudtshoorn, which is his hometown.
“I really enjoyed some time away from the game. While South
Africa is experiencing a heatwave, you can only imagine how hot it was in the
Southern Cape! But it was great catching up with loved ones,” explained Paige.
“I’m back in Pretoria and ready to prepare for the 2016
season. The Bulls start their pre-season plans this week and I’m excited to get
back onto the field.”
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