Rugby News: Bryan Habana calls time on career

Springbok legend, Bryan Habana has announced that the current season will be his last in professional rugby.

The 34-year old has been plying his trade at French Top 14 outfit, Toulon and has spent much of the current campaign in the sidelines as he has been plagued with injuries, which have seen him not taking part in any competitive action since the start of 2018.

He made the announcement on Tuesday, as he took to social media, saying he would have preferred a better end to his career.

“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,” he wrote.

“So at the end of this season, it’s time to say goodbye and thank you to the game I so dearly love.”

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Habana made his debut for South Africa in 2004 against England in the end of the year tour, and made an immediate impact as he ran through to score with his first touch in international rugby, in what was a consolation try as the Boks went on to lose.

He has made 124 international appearances, dotting down 67 times – the most by a South African player.

His major honours include a World Cup triumph in 2007, which was preceded by a Super Rugby win with the Bulls earlier in the year.

Two years later, he was part of the Bulls side that reclaimed their Super Rugby title, and defeated the touring British and Irish Lions with the Boks, before going on to win that year’s Tri-Nations.

He is also the joint leading try-scorer in World Cup history, an honour he shares with the late great, Jonah Lomu with 15 tries apiece.

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