SOUTH AFRICAN RUGBY LEG­END BRYAN HA­BANA AND FAM­ILY HERE

Fiji Sun - - Front Page - MERELEKI NAI -Edited by Osea Bola

For­mer Spring­boks winger Bryan Ha­bana, wife Janine and chil­dren Gabriel and Tim­o­thy ar­rive at the Nadi In­ter­na­tional Air­port on Jan­uary 13, 2019. He is in the coun­try as chief guest for the 2019 Coral Coast 7s tour­na­ment.

Ha­bana re­cently played for Toulon in the French Top 14 com­pe­ti­tion and for the South Africa na­tional team.

He was part of the South Africa team that won the 2007 Rugby World Cup and was one of the stars of the tour­na­ment, his eight tries equalling the sin­gle-tour­na­ment record set by Jonah Lomu in 1999. He was sub­se­quently named the 2007 World Rugby Player of the Year.

Bryan Ha­bana be­lieves the Fiji Air­ways Fly­ing Fi­jians will make a mark at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Sep­tem­ber in Ja­pan.

The for­mer Spring­boks wing ar­rived with his fam­ily yes­ter­day to be the chief guest at the 2019 McDon­ald’s Fiji Coral Coast Sev­ens which kicks off on Wednes­day at Lawaqa Park, Si­ga­toka.

He said with the in­clu­sion of over­seas play­ers like Ne­mani Nadolo, Jo­sua Tuisova and Semi Radradra, the Fi­jians will be one of the teams to beat.

“Fi­jians are fan­tas­tic play­ers and they will be def­i­nitely a force in Sep­tem­ber,” he said. “2019 is a big year with the World Cup in Ja­pan.”

Ha­bana vividly re­mem­bers when the Mos­ese Rauluni -cap­tained side gave the Spring­boks a run for their money at the 2007 RWC quar­ter­fi­nal.

“I played against Fiji once at the World Cup in 2007. We al­most lost the quar­ter­fi­nal game (37-20) in Mar­seille.”

Fiji is in Pool D with Aus­tralia, Wales, Ge­or­gia, and Uruguay.

Ha­bana was awarded the Player of the Year Award at the 2007 World Rugby Awards. He an­nounced his re­tire­ment on April 24, 2018 from all rugby at the end of his French Top 14 club Toulon’s sea­son.

Ha­bana vividly re­mem­bers when the Mos­ese Rauluni -cap­tained side gave the Spring­boks a run for their money at the 2007 RWC quar­ter­fi­nal.

Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Spring­bok rugby leg­end Bryan Ha­bana hold­ing his two sons, Gabriel and Tim­o­thy, with fans on ar­rival at the Nadi In­ter­na­tional Air­port on Jan­uary 13, 2019.

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