HABANA CALLS IT A D AY

NZ Rugby World - - The Breskdown -

LEG­ENDARY SPRING­BOKS WING has an­nounced his re­tire­ment from all forms of rugby.

The 34-year-old vet­eran re­vealed in late April that he wouldn’t be play­ing again af­ter ma­jor knee surgery last year and then a few days later sug­gested it wasn’t his de­ci­sion to call it quits.

He said that his re­tire­ment was more the choice of Toulon coach Fa­bien Galthie, who dis­agreed with med­i­cal ad­vice that Habana could re­turn.

“I re­turned to train­ing five months ago,” Habana told AFP. “The med­i­cal teams told me I was fit. Not to play is not my choice.

“I re­peat, I have worked re­ally hard for nine months to come back and I have not had the op­por­tu­nity to play again.

“Jonny Wilkin­son re­tired af­ter a dou­ble [Euro­pean Cup] and Richie McCaw quit af­ter be­com­ing a world cham­pion.

“Me, I was un­able to do this. To stop this sea­son, it’s re­ally tough. But this is the way things are. When I look at the past, I can say to my­self well it was just one sea­son that wasn’t great.”

| JUNE/JULY 2018 Bye­bye... GREAT LOSS Bryan Habana will be greatly missed.

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