Eight Habana stats and facts
- 03 Sep 2014
Bryan Habana will become the fourth Springbok to play 100 Tests for South Africa when the Boks face Australia in Perth on Saturday.
- Habana made his debut against England in 2004 as Springbok No 766, and has made 97 starts for the Boks.
- His record on the wing is unparalleled, having amassed 56 tries in his 99 Tests, a South African record.
- He scored his first Test try with his first touch of the ball in a Bok jersey, against the then Rugby World Cup champions England at Twickenham.
- All but one of Habana’s Test appearances have been on the wing – he played once at outside centre, against Ireland in 2006.
- He made his provincial debut for the Golden Lions in 2003, although his breakout year came in 2004, when he was selected for the Blitzboks and the Junior Boks, as well as being named SA Young Player of the Year.
- In 2005 he was named Super Rugby and SA Rugby Player of the Year, and was also awarded the Try of the Year for his effort against the Blues while playing for the Bulls at Loftus.
- He enjoyed his most successful year in 2007, taking home the SA Rugby Player of the Year award for the second time, along with the IRB Player of the Year. He scored 13 tries for the Boks that year, including eight at the Rugby World Cup where he equalled Jonah Lomu's record, and was once again awarded with the Try of the Year for his title-clinching score in the Super Rugby final against the Sharks.
- Habana was named SA Rugby Player of the Year of the year for the third time in 2012, and became the second South African to claim the IRPA Try of the Year for his superb solo try against the All Blacks in Dunedin.
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