Rugby Championship

Breyton: Habana can persevere for Boks

2016-10-07 17:00
Breyton Paulse (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Fellow-Springbok wing Breyton Paulse is unworried about the possibility that Saturday could mark Bryan Habana’s swansong appearance in a Test on South African soil.

As reported on Sport24 earlier, the veteran Habana earns his 123rd cap when the Boks tackle arch-rivals the All Blacks at Kings Park and with no further home internationals to follow in 2016, there must be at least some risk that the legendary, record try-scorer - he turns 34 next June, and being foreign-based may also become an increasing impediment - is playing his final Test in the country of his birth.

But Paulse, now a SuperSport pundit and having shared the Bok dressing room with Habana in his own closing years as a Test star, believes “the end is not there yet” for the incumbent, scheduled to mark Israel Dagg from his berth back on the left wing (after a spell on the right) in Durban.

“I believe Bryan’s experience has been priceless this year, especially as he has often been surrounded by guys with no more than seven or eight Test caps to show,” he said on Friday.

“He has a wealth of knowledge to aid the process of taking this team forward; you just can’t field an all-rookie backline at international level.

“It’s clear enough that he still has the hunger, and remember that even the very best of players will make the odd mistake in certain games.

“People have written him off before, including in that two-year period some time back when he went a bit off his game – yet he bounced back a new, revitalised player.”

Paulse says an additional factor helping Habana’s longevity is that he is a devoted athlete who keeps his body in tiptop shape.

“He reminds me of Percy Montgomery, who also played to a good age, as the ultimate professional, never shying away from hard work.

“So let’s not chase Bryan away; he could still offer a lot in 2017, I think.”

 *Follow our chief writer on Twitter: @RobHouwing


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Did the Springboks' performance against the All Blacks in Wellington change your belief in who will win the Rugby World Cup?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.