Bryan Habana's career

Bryan Habana’s career. Imagesfrom Instagram@bryanhabana_

‘An all-time great of the game’ – Bryan Habana’s career, records and more

With a career spanning over a decade capped with accolades and records, Bryan Habana has been regarded as an all-time great of the game.

Bryan Habana's career

Bryan Habana’s career. Imagesfrom Instagram@bryanhabana_

With a career spanning 13 years, Bryan Habana went down in the history books of rugby as one of the all-time greats of the game.

Undoubtedly, he was a crucial star in every team he played for and has a colourful cabinet of accolades to show for it.

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Bryan Habana's career
Bryan Habana’s career. Images from Instagram@bryanhabana_

However, despite his retirement in 2018, many have been trying to connect the dots on his whereabouts. Despite hanging his boots, the former Springbok legend is still involved in rugby through his partnership with DHL and broadcasters.

Apart from that, Bryan Habana has reportedly founded several businesses, which include

  • Paymenow
  • Retroactive agency

He also happens to be a key member of the MatchKit corporate structure.

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No doubt Bryan Habana’s club career took him far and wide. He started his career with the Golden Lions in 2003. His turn of pace and try-scoring ability as a winger thrust him into the limelight, and the Blue Bulls came knocking in 2005.

Against the backdrop of his move, he won the Super Rugby titles in 2007 and 2009.

He went on to furnish his trophy cabinet with a Currie Cup with the Blue Bulls before he made one of the greatest high-profile club switches to the Stomers.

His stint with the Stomers was not as colourful as many thought it would be. He won the Currie Cup before joining the star-studded squad in Toulon.

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In 2005 he represented the Junior Springboks and South Africans Sevens.

He scored 12 test tries in a calendar year, which was enough to earn him an IRB Player of the Year award nomination. The same year he was named the SA Rugby Player of the Year.

In 2007 he went down as one of the greats in the game after he scored eight tries in a single World Cup tournament. He did not just go down in the history books but equalled All Blacks legend Jonah Lomu’s record, which is also shared today with All Black Jullian Savea.

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His outstanding performance during the 2007 World Cup saw him winning the IRB Player of the Year and Rugby Player of the Year awards.

In 2009 he won the Tri-Nations with the Springboks. Two years later, he won the SA Rugby Player of the Year for the third time. As he was heading to retirement, he had his last dance in 2015, which saw him equalling another Lomu’s World Cup record for the second time.

He equalled his 15 try-record in World Cups. In 2018 he retired from the game. Habana hung his boots with 67 Test tries and 124 international caps-the second-highest in South African history.

Rugby World Cup legends head-to-head: Bryan Habana vs Jonah Lomu.

 Bryan HabanaJonah Lomu
NationSouth AfricaNew Zealand
Height1.79 m1.96m
Playing weight94kg119kg
World Cups played2 (2007, 2011)2 (1995, 1999)
World Cups won1 (2007)0
World Cup tries1515
World Cup tries in a single tournament8 (2007)8 (1999)
Sevens Commonwealth Gold01 (1998)
Test caps12463
Career Test tries6737
Career Test points335185