Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
2 minute read
19 Aug 2016
2:23 pm

Great to be back – Habana

Rudolph Jacobs

Having achieved most of his goals in his long rugby career, veteran Springbok wing Bryan Habana is ready for another exciting chapter.

Bryan Habana. File Picture: AFP

Having being named vice-captain for Saturday’s Rugby Championship opener against Argentina, Habana said it’s great to be back yet again despite being 33 years of age and having accumulated 117 Test caps.

“It’s great to be back, in June with Sevens and Toulon commitments I wasn’t available for the Ireland Test series,” said Habana this week.

“But having had a chat with the coach during pre-season at Toulon, hearing his vision for wanting to include me in this journey, the opportunity to grab that with both hands was not something I couldn’t accept.

“And being back I know my on-field performances will be as important and whether I can make a difference” he said.

With the emergence of young stars like fullback Johan Goosen, flyhalf Elton Jantjies and wing Ruan Combrinck, Habana is just too glad to play his part.

“Being part of a new journey and knowing that a lot of experience has left the Bok side and a new group starting a new culture, it’s great for me to share into that,” he said.

Twelve years ago when Habana made his debut at 21 he was the youngest, but now he is the oldest.

“To see the passion and relationships which has formed over the last two or so months, a new experience for me.

“First time I’m coming back into the Bok group as the oldest player, the guys have been pulling out the wheelchair jokes at practises and on the bus.

“But the vibe has been really fantastic, the intensity and the willingness of this group of players have been really special to witness.

“Coming back and forming part of it I know I’ll have to put my hand up and hopefully pass on my knowledge to a present young backline.”