Bryan Habana is best remembered for being a former South African rugby union player. He also played as a wing for Toulon in French's Top 14 competition, as well as being part of the South African national team.
His parents being Manchester United lovers named their son after two of their favourite players, Bryan Robson and Gary Bailey. The player was born on 12th June 1983 in Benoni, Gauteng, in South Africa. While he may have grown up aspiring to be a footballer, he changed his mind in 1995 when The Springboks became victorious. His focus shifted to rugby and he pursued it making a successful career for himself.
Bryan Habana profile summary
- Name: Bryan Habana
- Date of birth: 12 June 1983.
- Age: 36 years
- Profession: Pro Rugby player
- Height: 1.83 meters
- Speed: 10.4sec man for the 100metres
Bryan Habana biography
There is a lot about Habana that is interesting and encouraging. The following is a breakdown of his biography.
Bryan Habana Age
Brayan is 36 years old since he was born on 12th June 1983.
Bryan Habana Family
The player's parents are Bernie and Faith Habana. He was born in a family of 3 kids. He has 2 siblings, a brother by the name Bradley Habana and a sister named Alycia Habana. His family extends beyond his birth family as he is married to one woman, Janine Viljoen with whom he has a son by the name Timothy Jacob Habana.
Bryan Habana Wife
The player got married to his longtime girlfriend, Janine Viljoen. The two got married on 20th September 2009 at Sorex Estate’s chapel in Centurion.
Habana attended King Edward VII School for his education. He later moved to Rand Afrikaans University which is currently referred to as the University of Johannesburg.
Habana began his career as an outside centre as well as a scrumhalf in provincial and age-group rugby. However, when he made a switch to the wing, immediate massive improvements became noticeable.
Bryan Habana net worth and salary
Bryan is part of the French Top 14 league. This means that he and other players in this league enjoy a higher salary cap compared to others in competing leagues. He is also lucky to enjoy a lucrative rugby TV deal. His salary is £474,600. He also has an estimated net worth of 2 million dollars.
He featured in the South African Sevens team during the 2003-2004 World Sevens Series. He debuted for the Golden Lions at the Currie Cup in 2004 where he scored a try with his first touch. This brilliant performance led to him getting rewarded when people voted for him as the most promising SA rugby team that year.
Throughout his career as a rugby player, he has been part of the South African team, Stormers, Western Province, Blue Bulls, and Toulon. Brian is certainly one of the most successful rugby players in South Africa. He has been rated as Springbok's player with the most tries in history, not to mention the fact that he is the second most international try-scorer of all time, coming second only after Daisuke Ohata, with a total of 67 tries.
Notable Bryan Habana Achievements
As one of the most successful rugby players in history, Habana has made massive strides both as an individual player as well as a team player. The following is a summary of what he has been able to achieve so far.
- He was the IRB Player of the Year in 20017.
- He shares the World Cup Try Scoring Record with Jonah Lomu.
- He became the South African Player of the Year in 2005, 2007, as well as in 2012.
- He is the 2nd All-Time International Test Try Scorer having 65 Tries.
- He holds the tiled of an All-Time Leading Springboks Try Scorer..
Apart from his individual achievements, he has also been able to make significant moves as part of a team. These include:
- The Blue Bulls: Super Rugby of 2007 and 2009, Curry Cup of 2009.
- Western Province: Currie Cup of 2012.
- Toulon: Heineken Cup of 2014, Top 14 French League of 2014, and the European Champions Cup of 2014.
- For South Africa, he was part of the World Cup in 2007, Tri-Nations in 2009, and the Lions Series Winners in 2009.
Bryan Habana is a renowned rugby player that is respected in South Africa and beyond. Unlike many struggling layers, he has had a good run in his career.