Bryan Habana in 2007
|Date of birth||June 12, 1983|
|Place of birth||Benoni, Gauteng|
|Height||1. Events 1381 - Peasants' Revolt: in England, rebels arrive at Blackheath. Year 1983 ( MCMLXXXIII) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar) Benoni ( Hebrew: בֶּןאוֹנִי) is a City on the East Rand in the South African Province of Gauteng 79 m (5. The metre or meter is a unit of Length. It is the basic unit of Length in the Metric system and in the International 9 ft)|
|Weight||90 kg (14 st 2 lb)|
|Nickname||Chris Stockley, Mister Kardinaal, Jet Shoes,Big Dong, Habernero, Dash|
|School||King Edward VIII School|
|College||Rand Afrikaans University|
|Rugby union career|
|2004-||South Africa||46||(150) [30t]|
Bryan Gary Habana (born June 12, 1983 in Benoni, Transvaal) is a South African rugby union player who plays as a wing for the Blue Bulls in the Currie Cup, the Bulls in Super 14, and the 2007 Rugby World Cup champion Springboks. A foot (plural feet or foot; symbol or abbreviation ft or sometimes &prime – the prime symbol) is a non-SI unit King Edward VII School is a public school school located in Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa. == A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE RAU == On 5 November 1963 468 delegates at a conference unanimously accepted a motion to establish an Afrikaans University Overview See also Playing rugby union A rugby union match lasts for 80 minutes (plus stoppage time with a short A Rugby union team is made up of 15 players eight forwards numbered from 1 to 8 and seven backs numbered from 9 to 15 A Rugby union team is made up of 15 players eight forwards numbered from 1 to 8 and seven backs numbered from 9 to 15 A cap is an appearance for a select team such as a school county or international team in sports The Blue Bulls, for sponsorship reasons named Vodacom Blue Bulls, or more popularly by the club's Afrikaans name die Blou Bulle, are The Golden Lions are the main Rugby union for Johannesburg, South Africa, although they also represent a substantial portion of Gauteng Province The Super 14 is the largest Rugby union football club championship in the Southern hemisphere, consisting of four state teams from Australia (Queensland/Reds The Bulls, for sponsorship reasons known as the Vodacom Bulls, are a South African Rugby union team competing in the Super 14 competition The following is a list of international Rugby union teams The South Africa national Rugby union team (commonly referred to as the Springboks in English Springbokke in Afrikaans and Amabokoboko Events 1381 - Peasants' Revolt: in England, rebels arrive at Blackheath. Year 1983 ( MCMLXXXIII) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar) For the Russian theme park see Transvaal Park. The Transvaal (Afrikaans lit The Republic of South Africa (also known by other official names) is a country located at the southern tip of the continent of Africa Overview See also Playing rugby union A rugby union match lasts for 80 minutes (plus stoppage time with a short A Rugby union team is made up of 15 players eight forwards numbered from 1 to 8 and seven backs numbered from 9 to 15 The Blue Bulls, for sponsorship reasons named Vodacom Blue Bulls, or more popularly by the club's Afrikaans name die Blou Bulle, are For the cricket competition originally known as the Currie Cup see SuperSport Series. The Bulls, for sponsorship reasons known as the Vodacom Bulls, are a South African Rugby union team competing in the Super 14 competition The Super 14 is the largest Rugby union football club championship in the Southern hemisphere, consisting of four state teams from Australia (Queensland/Reds The 2007 Rugby World Cup was the sixth Rugby World Cup, a quadrennial international Rugby union world championship inaugurated in 1987. The South Africa national Rugby union team (commonly referred to as the Springboks in English Springbokke in Afrikaans and Amabokoboko Habana was one of the stars of the World Cup, his eight tries equalling the record set by Jonah Lomu in 1999, and was named the 2007 IRB Player of the Year. Jonah Tali Lomu, MNZM (born 12 May 1975 is a New Zealand Rugby union footballer IRB Player of the Year is an accolade awarded annually by the International Rugby Board.
Named after former Manchester United footballers Bryan Robson and Gary Bailey, he played outside centre and scrumhalf in provincial and age group rugby, but once he was moved to the wing a vast improvement was seen. Bryan Robson OBE (born 11 January 1957 is an English former football manager and a former player Gary Richard Bailey (born 9 August 1958 in Ipswich, England) was an English football player and the son of former Prior to his first year of Super Rugby he was selected for the Springboks, scoring a try with his first touch of the ball in test rugby in the end-of-season match against England at Twickenham in 2004. The England national rugby union team represents England in Rugby union. Twickenham Stadium (usually known as just Twickenham or Twickers) is a Stadium located in Twickenham, in the London Borough of Richmond Habana is noted for his speed and has been timed as one of the fastest wingers in South African rugby; as proven when he famously raced a cheetah for charity. He can run 10. 2 seconds over the 100m distance, as has been confirmed by the S. A. R. U. It is rather his phenomenal acceleration, than top-speed which makes him a formidable player, and it is widely agreed that given five yards of space he is unstoppable.
Habana won international acclaim for his championship-winning try in the 2007 Super 14 final, as one sportswriter put it: "It was one of the most amazing finales to a major game ever seen … Habana's swerving run was brilliant. The Super 14 is the largest Rugby union football club championship in the Southern hemisphere, consisting of four state teams from Australia (Queensland/Reds " Habana became an international rugby superstar in his own right with his record 8 tries in the 2007 Rugby World Cup, including some brilliant individual efforts.
It is also claimed by the "great" Sami Dowling that Habana can not run anywhere near sub 11 for the 100m's. That is most definitly untrue. Habana, developed by the Golden Lions and educated at King Edward VII School and Rand Afrikaans University (now a part of the University of Johannesburg), made his first senior international appearances as a member of the South African Sevens side in the 2003-04 World Sevens Series. The Golden Lions are the main Rugby union for Johannesburg, South Africa, although they also represent a substantial portion of Gauteng Province King Edward VII School is a public school school located in Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa. == A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE RAU == On 5 November 1963 468 delegates at a conference unanimously accepted a motion to establish an Afrikaans University The University of Johannesburg ( Johannesburg, South Africa) came into existence on 1 January 2005 as the result of a merger between The South African national rugby union sevens team compete in the World Sevens Series, the Rugby World Cup Sevens and the Commonwealth Games He made his Currie Cup debut for the Lions in 2004, doing well enough to be voted the country's most promising player that year. That November, he made his Test debut against England at Twickenham as a 21-year-old. Though the game was lost 32-16, Habana came on as a reserve to score a try on debut against the then world champions. The following week Habana was moved into the starting line-up, where he contributed two tries to the 45-10 win over Scotland at Murrayfield. The Scotland national rugby union team represent Scotland in international Rugby union. Murrayfield is a sports Stadium in Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, and is the home of Scottish Rugby Union The next week, he was selected in the same position, on the left wing, in that year's final match against Argentina in Buenos Aires. The Argentina national rugby team, nicknamed Los Pumas, represents Argentina in international Rugby union matches Buenos Aires is the Capital and largest city of Argentina. It is geographically located on the southern shore of the Río de la Plata, on the southeastern Although he did not score any tries in the Argentina game, his current record stood at three tries from three tests.
In 2005, he moved to the Blue Bulls. Following the 2005 Super 12 season, Habana was, as expected, included in the 2005 Springboks squad. The 2005 season of the Super 12 rugby union competition began on 25 February 2005 and ended on 28 May with the Canterbury-based Crusaders He played on the left wing in South Africa's opening match of 2005 against Uruguay, who the Springboks defeated 134-3, with Habana scoring two tries. Uruguay has played in the 1999 and 2003 Rugby World Cups They have been playing international rugby since the late 1940s South Africa then hosted France for a two test series; drawing the first 30-all, and winning the second 27-13, with Habana, scoring two tries in both games. The France national rugby union team represents France in Rugby union. In the lead-up to the 2005 Tri Nations, Habana played in two tests against Australia, the first, a loss at Telstra Stadium, and then a 33-20 win at home at Ellis Park, with Habana scoring in the second Test. The 2005 Tri Nations Series, an annual Rugby union competition between the national teams of Australia, New Zealand and South Africa The Australian national rugby union team is the representative side of Australia in Rugby union. Stadium Australia, presently known as ANZ Stadium, is a multi-purpose Stadium located in the Sydney Olympic Park precinct of Homebush, Sydney
Habana made his Tri Nations debut on July 30 against the Wallabies at the Bulls' home of Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria. The Tri Nations is an annual international Rugby union series held between the national teams of Australia (the Wallabies) New Zealand (the Events 1419 - First Defenestration of Prague. 1502 - Christopher Columbus lands at Guanaja in the Bay Islands off Loftus Versfeld Stadium is a sports stadium situated in Pretoria, South Africa. Pretoria is a city located in the northern part of Gauteng Province, South Africa. South Africa won the match 22-16. The subsequent match against the All Blacks at Newlands was also a win for South Africa. The All Blacks are New Zealand's national team in Rugby union, the country's National sport. Newlands Stadium is located in Cape Town, South Africa. The stadium currently has a capacity of 51900 people and is an all seater venue In the second match against Australia in Perth, Habana scored two tries in the 22-19 win. Perth is the capital and largest city of the Australian state of Western Australia. The All Blacks won the last match of the series, a thrilling 31-27 win for the New Zealanders at Carisbrook. Carisbrook is a major sporting venue in Dunedin, New Zealand. Although South Africa did not win the series, Habana had established himself on the international stage, finishing as the tournament's joint highest try-scorer with New Zealands' Doug Howlett and Joe Rokocoko. Douglas Charles Howlett is a professional New Zealand Rugby union player of Tongan descent Josevata Taliga "Joe" Rokocoko (ROCK-o-THO-ko (rɒkɒˈðɒkɒ born 6 June 1983 in Nadi, Fiji) is a professional In the Currie Cup, the Blue Bulls made it to the final, which was played at home at Loftus Versfeld, against the Free State Cheetahs. The Free State Cheetahs (formerly the Orange Free State) for sponsorship reasons named Vodacom Free State Cheetahs, are a South African The Cheetahs, somewhat underdogs, won the final. In November of that year, Habana earned caps for South Africa against Argentina, Wales and France, scoring two tries in the Welsh match. The Wales national rugby union team represent Wales in international Habana was named to the five-man shortlist for 2005 IRB World Player of the Year, and was also selected by SA Rugby as 2005 South Africa Player of the Year in 2005. The International Rugby Board (IRB is the world governing and law-making body for the sport of Rugby union, and previously for Rugby football.
In April 2007 Habana competed against a cheetah in a 100-meter race to help raise awareness of the imminent danger of the cheetah being classified as an endangered species, according to De Wildt officials. 
Habana's most dramatic act of the 2007 Super 14 season was his last minute try in the final, enabling flyhalf Derick Hougaard to make an easy conversion and giving the Bulls a dramatic 20-19 victory over the Sharks. The try was especially hard to take for Sharks fans as it is debatable if Habana should have even been on the field after dangerously tackling Fullback Percy Montgomery in the air, in the opening minutes of the game. Habana later admitted in an interview that despite not intending to cause Montgomery harm, he should have been sent off for the challenge.
Habana was selected on the wing for the Springboks first game of the 2007 Rugby World Cup, where he scored four tries in the 59-7 win over Samoa in Paris. The 2007 Rugby World Cup was the sixth Rugby World Cup, a quadrennial international Rugby union world championship inaugurated in 1987. He also scored two tries against Argentina in the semifinal, equalling Jonah Lomu's record of 8 tries in one World Cup. Jonah Tali Lomu, MNZM (born 12 May 1975 is a New Zealand Rugby union footballer He was a part of the world cup winning side contributing to the defeat of England in the 2007 final. Habana was awarded the IRB Player of the Year Award at the 2007 IRB Awards, held in Paris on 21 October. IRB Player of the Year is an accolade awarded annually by the International Rugby Board. 
Although being arguably the fastest man in international rugby Bryan Habana was beaten by the pace and dazzling footwork of American Winger Takudzwa Ngwenya in what was recognized as the International Rugby Press Association's Try of the Year at the 2007 IRB Awards. Takudzwa Ngwenya (born July 22 1985 in Harare, Zimbabwe) is a Rugby union player who plays on the for the United States national The IRB Awards are given out annually by the International Rugby Board, the worldwide governing body for Rugby union, for major achievement in the sport
During the victory parade in Newland's stadium in Cape Town a wacky supporter tried to tackle Habana for the Webb Ellis Cup, Habana defended the cup and the supporter came off second best. Here's the video
|IRB International Player of the Year|