Bryan Habana is widely recognized as one of the most potent finishers in world rugby. Capped 83 times for the Springboks (at 1 December 2012), Habana has scored a record 47 tries, been named SA Rugby Player of the year 3 times (2005 – Young Player, 2007 and 2012) and IRB Rugby Player of the Year once (2007).
One of the current stars of international rugby, Habana cemented his place among the sport's elite with a series of outstanding displays during the Boks’ 2007 Rugby World Cup triumph. He equaled Jonah Lomu’s 16 year-old record of 8 tries at a single World Cup and holds multiple other records including the Springbok record or most tires in Tests at wing and most tries overall. He is also the most-capped Springbok wing of all time, with 82 – one of his caps came at centre.
He played centre and scrum-half throughout age-group rugby before moving to the wing where he would go on to make a huge impact. A Springboks 7s international, he was also the top try-scorer at the 2004 IRB U21 World Championship before making his Springbok debut as a replacement against England on 20 November 2004, scoring a try with his first touch of the ball.
He has represented the Golden Lions, the Blue Bulls, The Stormersand Western Province, domestically, and was capped in the Barbarians team twice, against the All Blacks (scoring a hat-trick) and Australia.
Habana was educated at King Edward VII School and Rand Afrikaans University (now known as the University of Johannesburg), where he gained a marketing degree.
Habana’s success can be attributed as much to his speed of thought as his blistering pace on the field. Articulate, intelligent and with over a decade of experience at the very highest echelons of world rugby, Habana is a sought-after speaker on topics from social media strategy to dealing with pressure