Bryan HABANA

International Rugby Player – SOUTH AFRICA

He was named after Bryan Robson and Gary Bailey by his Man United loving parents and dreamed of being a footballer. Upon experiencing and being inspired the Springboks victorious 1995 Rugby World Cup campaign, Bryan’s interests turned to rugby union.

He began his professional rugby career signing for the Golden Lions and he burst onto the international scene against England in 2004, aged 21, scoring a try on his debut with his first touch of the ball. From then on, he established himself as one of the best wings South Africa has ever seen and was a pivotal player in the Springbok set-up in his 124 test cap career(2nd behind Victor Matfield on 127 test caps).

Bryan cemented his place among the sport’s elite with a series of outstanding displays during South Africa’s 2007 Rugby World Cup triumph, his eight tries equaling the record set by Jonah Lomu in 1999, and was named the 2007 IRB Player of the Year.

In his provincial and club career, Bryan played a crucial role in securing titles for the Blue Bulls, Western Province and Toulon, in France, where he ended his rugby career in 2018.

In his 14 years at international level Bryan was a prolific try scorer, with more tries than any other Springbok in history, and the second most international tries of all time.

Now in the transitional period following his career, he has become somewhat of an entrepreneur launching a digital sports marketing agency called RetroActive as well as a Fintech startup called Paymenow and along with some ambassadorial work for HSBC and Mastercard and punditry for Channel 4 in the UK, Bryan is focusing on making an even bigger success of the next chapter in his life.”