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Former Bok wing urges SA to rally behind the team

Breyton Paulse says the team needs the country’s support despite their recent poor performance.

FILE: Breyton Paulse says the team needs the country’s support despite their recent poor performance.  Picture: Anthony Molyneaux/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Former Springbok wing Breyton Paulse reckons the recent negative publicity around the Springbok team will only spur the team on at the World Cup.

A poor run of results, the racial makeup of Heyneke Meyer's 2015 Rugby World Cup squad and a court bid to prevent the team from travelling to the tournament are just some of the issues the Boks have faced over the last while.

Paulse was part of the Springbok 2003 world cup group that was embroiled in the Geo Cronje/Quinton Davids racism and Kamp Staaldraad sagas all in the lead up to the tournament.

Paulse says the team needs the country's support now more than ever, despite their recent poor performance.

"I think the guys will certainly be hungry, especially what has happened in the last couple of weeks with all the negative stuff will probably bring them more together as a team.

"And sometimes it builds character and I think the team has been selected now, I mean there is a lot we can debate about and lot can be said about the whole team but I think it's important that we get behind the team."

He says players always want the backing of the nation and this is an impeccable moment to rally behind the team.

"At the end of the day there is nothing better when you go overseas and know that everybody is behind you, it doesn't matter the man working on the street or the man is the CEO in his office.

"I think people from all walks of life must really now get behind the Boks because I think they had the fair share of criticism and negative publicity and I think we need to send some positive energy now to the boys."

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