Time may be running out for Papier to make an impression on Bok coach Rassie Erasmus.
But he believed he could stake a claim provided he had an extended run for the Blue Bulls.
“Every player wants to play, and I am the kind of guy who thrives on confidence, and I also think that is how you play better rugby,” Papier said. “When you have confidence, you will go out with confidence.
If I can get more time during the Currie Cup, I can show what I can do.”
Papier said he respected Human’s mandate to make selections, but felt the rotation policy disrupted some of his rhythm during the season.
“I respect coach Pote’s selections, but there were times that I felt I had a good game and the next one I wouldn’t play,” Papier said. “I would come back then feel a bit rusty, and I didn’t have the confidence from the previous game.
“I respect every coach’s decision, which counts for the Bulls as well. If the coach selects someone ahead of me, I will always give my best in that position.”
Papier faces an uphill battle to get back into the Bok fold with Faf de Klerk, Cobus Reinach and Herschel Jantjies ahead of him in the pecking order. Jantjies has been one of the Bok bolters after he made the best of his playing opportunities with the Stormers this season.
Meanwhile, former Lions lock and new Blue Bulls recruit Andries Ferreira could make his debut for the Pretoria-based team while Lood de Jager is also expected to run out in the opening Currie Cup match.