By: Ndumiso Nxumalo
The Legend Springbok winger Bryan Habana has announced his retirement at the end of the European season after 16 years playing professional rugby.
The 34-year-old Habana printer is the second-most-capped Springbok of all time with 124 Test caps. He made his Test debut against England at Twickenham in November 2004 when he scored the first of his 67 Test tries which is the most ever by a Springbok.
Habana has won many accolades individually and also internationally with the Springboks. He was part of the squad which won the Rugby World Cup in 2007, he was also named the World Rugby Player of the Year in 2007.
He scored 56 tries and made 118 appearances in the Super rugby when he was playing for Bulls and Stormers. He also played four tournaments for the Springbok Sevens team in 2004 and 2016. Habana also played for 21 times for the Golden Lions in 2003 and 2004, scoring 17 tries and eight times for Western Province from 2010 to 2012, scoring twice.
Habana also has medals in the Rugby Championship which were previously named the Tri-Nations, Super Rugby and the Currie Cup.
He became the only players in South African rugby to have won SA Rugby Player of the Year Award three times – in 2005, 2007.
He is currently in the books of French side Toulon since 2013.