Paulse’s Perfect XV

The former Springbok wing picks a dream team made up of those he played with and against. 

15. Christian Cullen
A game-breaker of note. His vision, skill and ability to change the course of a game in an instant was second to none.

14. Joe Roff
He was good at drawing in defenders and taking contact to create space for his teammates. He had a great feel for the game and knew how to sniff out tries.

13. Jaque Fourie
Jaque was a rock-solid outside centre. One of the first modern No 13s.

12. Jeremy Guscott
He was a good organiser who played intelligently and with finesse. His distribution skills were excellent.

11. Jonah Lomu
His brute strength, speed and silky skills made him the most freakish player I’ve seen.

10. Andrew Mehrtens
He was the general. He did everything – from creating tries, kicking drop goals and kicking at goal.

9. Fourie du Preez
Fourie was a silent assassin. He served brilliantly as the link between forwards and backs.

8. Bob Skinstad
He brought a different kind of energy to the position. He played with style and flair. A really classy player.

7. André Venter 

Every team needs a hard worker. He covered every inch of the field, chasing people and making tackles.

6. Corné Krige (c)
A natural leader who put his body on the line. He wasn’t flashy, but did the basics exceptionally well.

5. Mark Andrews
An intelligent player and lineout master. He was bullish when he had to be, but could put in subtle touches.

4. Bakkies Botha
Bakkies would be the enforcer in my team. With his physicality and attitude, he instilled fear in most opponents.

3. Cobus Visagie
Cobus loved to scrum and was a good ball-carrier. He always did more than was expected of him.

2. Charl Marais
He was one of the most underrated hookers in the world – a real team man who brought gees to the change room.

1. Os du Randt
The greatest loosehead prop to have played the game. Os scrummed opponents into the ground, hammered them in defence and could run around the field.

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