Former All Blacks fly-half Dan Carter sympathises with the lack of sports broadcasting during lockdown and hopes to fill that gap.
So he teamed up with Scottish sports reporter Lee McKenzie to launch his online sports show, Kicking It, where he chats to ex-teammates and peers about their career highlights and life during the lockdown.
In the first episode, Carter (38) chats to friend and former Springbok wing Bryan Habana about how he’s coping with the national lockdown and some of his favourite rugby moments.
In the video, Habana (36) appears in the superhero suit that he’s proudly been wearing when he goes shopping for essential goods during the lockdown period.
“Getting to catch up with Dan and Lee and talking all things from life in France to going through lockdown with young kids just again highlighted the wonderful camaraderie that rugby has,” Habana tells YOU.
“To be the first guest on a show that promises to be extremely popular was amazing and no pressure to all the other guests on what they wear!”
While Habana spent most of 2019 on the road with various charities and covering the 2019 Rugby World Cup, 2020 has been a drastic change for him.
The global pandemic has been a bittersweet time as his career has been put on hold, but he’s been able to spend quality time with his wife, Janine, and kids, Timothy (6) and Gabriel (2).
“It was really cool for the first two weeks. Midway through last week, which was I think our third week of isolation, I started bathing the boys and as I took Timmy out the bath – who’s my eldest – he sort of looks at me and goes, ‘Daddy, when are you flying again?’ ” Habana said to Carter during their interview.
He went on to joke that he’s grateful his kids are at a tender age where he can still tutor them on the basics of mathematics.
“It’s really is special. We’ve started home-schooling again this week, and that’s been a really interesting challenge, obviously having two kids at an age where they both need interaction at a school level,” he said.
Habana says he understands the frustrations of some sportspeople now that tournaments and matches have been cancelled.
“Everything now has come to a halt. Sports has actually taken a back seat during these times,” he said.
“It’s going to be interesting to see the dynamic post this Covid situation, where rugby goes, are seasons are gonna be cancelled, internationals? Everything is up in the air now.
“As a player, I think it must be the most frustrating thing sitting at home trying to train, preparing for something that you don’t really know when it’s going to happen.”