Ahead of Monday’s landmark 20th anniversary Laureus World Sports Awards in Berlin, South African rugby legend Bryan Habana has been inducted into the Laureus World Sports Academy.
Widely regarded as one of the greatest rugby players of all time, Habana was inspired to take up the sport when he saw former president Nelson Mandela and Springbok rugby captain Francois Pienaar lifting the Rugby World Cup in 1995, Laureus World Sport Awards said in a statement on Sunday. Sitting in the stands at Ellis Park [in Johannesburg], he dared to dream and went on to become one of the most prolific try-scorers the game has ever seen.”
Habana was the star of the 2007 Rugby World Cup, scoring eight tries to help South Africa become world champions, equalling All Blacks wing Jonah Lomu’s single tournament record in the process.
His efforts led to him being named 2007 IRB World Player of the Year. With 67 Test tries, Habana was second in the all-time international try-scoring list. As well as becoming a world champion, he won the Tri-Nations, a British and Irish Lions Series, and the European Champions Cup.
In 2009, Habana was announced as an ambassador for Laureus Sport for Good and in the past decade he had been a dedicated member of the Laureus family, taking time to visit programmes around the world, raising both awareness and funds to support the transformational work of these programmes. He joins the 68 current members of the Laureus World Sports Academy.
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