Rugby Union pays tribute to ‘iconic’ Bryan Habana

2013-06-24 16:30

The South African Rugby Union called wing Bryan Habana an “iconic” player after he became the first Springbok and sixth man to score 50 test tries.

Habana’s second try against Samoa in South Africa’s 56-23 win on Saturday took him level with former England wing Rory Underwood and tied for fifth on the all-time list.

Only Japan wings Hirotoki Onozawa (55 tries) and all-time leader Daisuke Ohata (69), Wales’ Shane Williams (60) and Australia’s David Campese (64) have scored more test tries.

Habana’s 50 came in 86 tests and Saru President Oregan Hoskins said today the 2007 World Cup winner had “set a mark that will take a very special player to eclipse.”

Flyhalf Morne Steyn became the second South African past 500 test points in the Samoa test.

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