Bryan Habana retires from rugby at the end of the current European season. The Springbok star leaves his fans with many fond memories after a stellar career.
Bryan Habana Retires
The long-serving wing took to Instagram to make the announcement to his many fans.
So it’s my turn to say Thank You: . The inevitable moment has come knocking on my door and I’ve welcomed it in for a drink. . It’s been more than a year of hoping, trying, pushing and willing to get back on the field for one last time, to taste the sweet victory or encounter that gut-wrenching despair. To hear the roar of the crowd or grab the pill out of the air. To make that last bone crunching tackle or score that last game winning try. But it’s unfortunately just not to be. I, like most, would have liked my career to have ended differently, but sometimes things don’t turn out quite the way we hope for. . So at the end of this season, it’s time to say goodbye and thank you to the game I so dearly love. . To try and sum up the past 16 years and how quickly they’ve flown by or even begin to describe how amazing the journey has been is impossible. . I would though like to express my gratitude: . • First and foremost, to God for blessing me with the talent to play this beautiful game. • To my wife Janine, Timothy and our newborn Gabriel, for your support, sacrifice and love to follow me to all corners of the earth so that I can pursue my dreams. • To my family and friends, far and wide, who wore their hearts on their sleeves as much as I did. • To the coaches, team-mates, medical and support staff in all the teams I was involved in. • To every opponent that made the battle tough and worthwhile. • To all my sponsors over the years who believed in me enough to support me on the journey. • To the fans, who make the game what it is. • To the critics, not to prove you wrong but so that I could prove to myself I could. • To the media, who take the game to households the world over. • To the lessons learnt, through the good times and the bad. • To the friendships made and experiences a plenty. . But most of all to Rugby, because for me it truly is a game made in heaven. . As a close friend one said: “memories are all we have.” And I’m immensely grateful for the memories I take with me into the next chapter. . With much respect . BH11
Bryan Habana – The Player
Habana’s career statistics underline the fact that he was a world class player. He endeared himself to fans with superb pace and a keen eye for an intercept.
He started his career with the Golden Lions, before moving on to represent the Bulls. He then made his way down to Cape Town to represent the Stormers. During his South African career, Habana played in 118 Super Rugby games, scoring 56 tries.
This announcement comes after a five year stint with Toulon in France. He represented the club 66 times, scoring 23 tries.
Add to these numbers a very successful international career, representing the Springboks 124 times and holding the South African record of 67 tries. He also holds the world Brecord of tries scored at Rugby World Cups with 15. There is also a Rugby World Cup Winner medal somewhere in his trophy collection.
Bryan Habana – The Tries
Instead of us waxing lyrical about, we will let the legend’s try scoring Habana’s try scoring abilities speak for themselves.
Bryan Habana retires from rugby, but his career will be remembered with great respect.
Statistics courtesy SA Rugby.
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