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Lomu's record in Habana's sights

2015-09-17 10:28
Joost van der Westhuizen's famous tackle on Jonah Lomu in the 1995 Rugby World Cup final (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - New Zealand legend Jonah Lomu insists he is not worried about potentially losing his record as the Rugby World Cup's all-time try scorer to Bryan Habana.

Springbok wing Bryan Habana is five tries behind Lomu's record of 15 Rugby World Cup tries, who shot to international stardom at the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa.

"I'm not worried about it," Lomu told the BBC.

"When I set the record, I did it in two World Cups and he's coming into his third - that's the difference."

Lomu did however pay credit to Habana and his impact on the game.

"Bryan is a great player" added Lomu.

"You can't take anything away from him as he has represented South Africa for a number of years and done something amazing."

Lomu, 40, entered the 1995 Rugby World Cup a relative unknown with just two appearances for New Zealand prior to the competition but ended the competition with a tally of seven tries in five matches.

Arguably his best performance at the tournament came in the All Blacks quarter-final thrashing of England (45-29) where Lomu scored four tries.

The giant wing scored eight tries in the 1999 Rugby World Cup including two in New Zealand's 43-31 semi-final defeat by France.

Lomu ended his international career without ever scoring against the Springboks.

Habana is currently on 59 international tries and needs one more to become the fourth player to score 60 Test tries.  

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