Habana backs SA teams to shine
Cape Town - Springbok wing Bryan Habana believes the South African Super Rugby franchises can make a strong statement in this year’s tournament.
Habana recently returned to Cape Town in February for a week during the break in the French Top 14 schedule.
He spent time catching up with friends and family, made several charity and corporate appearances and found the time to relax in his home country.
As the 2015 Super Rugby season kicked off this month, the 31-year-old, who played for the Bulls and Stormers, said he has had time to watch a few games, and believes the South African teams can make a strong push for the title.
“During my time in France, I still manage to catch some Super Rugby action when possible,” Habana told MyPlayers.co.za. “The tournament will be a tough one, but I believe the South African teams can do well this season.
“I paid the Stormers a visit during my time in Cape Town, and it was nice catching up with the coaches and players. Things are looking good in the Stormers camp. There’s a good vibe and mood in the squad. I think they will be tough to beat this season.
“I also played against the Sharks at the Stade Mayol earlier this month, and they have a good team of experienced and young players. With the Lions, Cheetahs and Bulls boasting so much talent, the South African teams are in a good position.”
Back in France, Habana’s club, Toulon, are doing well, having won 11 of their 17 matches. They have scored the most points (471 points) and tries (53 tries) in the league, and have one of the most resilient defences.
With nine league rounds to go before the playoffs, the defending French Top 14 champions are in a good position to defend their title.
Toulon are also the defending European champions and have qualified for the continental quarter-finals, where they will face the Wasps from England.
“Life’s going very well at Toulon. We have a squad of world-class players and we play a good brand of rugby, which is very encouraging, especially against tough opposition and at times, in tough conditions,” said Habana.
“We want to win more titles this season, and we’re in a great position to achieve these goals. We just need to build on our good form and continue delivering match-winning performances.”
Off the field, Habana admits he’s still trying to get the hang of the French language.
“Because of my commitment to the Springboks, I don’t have much time to learn the language. But I am trying and making an effort to do so. Hopefully, I can speak more fluently in the near future. I can say a few words, though!” explained Habana.
“My family and I are enjoying life in France. It’s one of the most beautiful countries in the world. We are lucky to live on the French Riviera. I’m also enjoying fatherhood very much. My wife and I spend lots of quality time with my son, Timothy.”
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