Bryan: It’s a lifestyle change

Written by Clayton Saville (Clayton(PJLD))

Posted in :Bulls, In the news, WP on 2 Sep 2009 at 08:49

Pretoria –  Bryan Habana made a lifestyle rather than a rugby decision to further his career at Western Province and the Stormers.

But the Springbok wing told Radio 702 in an interview that the move will have to be put on the back burner until the Blue Bulls have won the Currie Cup.

He admitted that the Springboks’ success had played a role in keeping him in South Africa.

Habana said he took the decision to quit the Bulls after five years to experience another culture and something different.

His impending marriage later this month was part of the decision.

“It’s a matter of a change of lifestyle and environment. I am eternally grateful to the Blue Bulls and Bulls for the time I spent with them. It was incredible to play with so many brilliant players and in such a great team,” he said.

“This will be a new beginning for me. I considered going to play overseas, but the Springboks’ success made it an easy decision to stay.”

Habana said he had considered playing overseas for eight months and then return to South Africa so that he could qualify to play in the World Cup in 2011. Bok centre Jean de Villiers exercised this option.

“I spoke to the coach (Peter de Villiers) and decided to stay in the country. The Boks are an incredible bunch of guys and I want to contribute to their nation-building effort,” said Habana.

He admitted that he had unfinished business at the Blue Bulls.

“There is a Currie Cup we want to win. That is the one thing I still have to do before I leave the Bulls. It remains a goal,” said Habana.

Habana’s No 11 jersey at the Bulls will be filled by Francois Hougaard this week.

The left wing position has been problematic for Blue Bulls coach Frans Ludeke.

Akona Ndungane’s late involvement in the Currie Cup forced Ludeke to first consider Hougaard and then Marius Delport at left wing.

Ndungane’s return did not last long as he broke his leg in his first game back and Hougaard is actually a scrumhalf.

Meanwhile Sport24 has reliably learned that Griquas wing Bjorn Basson is on his way to replace Bryan Habana at the Blue Bulls.

Basson played Super14 rugby for the Cheetahs this year and also represented the Emerging Boks against the British and Irish Lions.

He is contracted with Griquas until the end of next year, but will be bought out of his contract so that he can join the Bulls.

This article was penned by JJ Harmse and was originally posted on News24


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  • Comment 1, posted at 02.09.09 09:02:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • Is ‘lifestyle change’ now the new code speak for my wife wants to move to Cape Town or wherever.

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.09.09 09:30:48 by McLovin Reply

  • Nah its just an acknowledgement that Cape Town is where you live if you have taste….. 😆

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.09.09 09:34:57 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • I hope to live in Cape Town one day too. 🙄

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.09.09 09:43:32 by McLovin Reply

  • Gee die bal vir Bryan! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.09.09 09:48:07 by McLovin Reply

  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 3) :

    thats the biggest lie I ahve heard in a long time…if that was true, I would have been a capetonion! 😆

    @McLovin (Comment 4) :

    Nahh…I like to visit, but will not make it there in winter..and I might get blown away by the sedoos… 😉

  • Comment 6, posted at 02.09.09 09:58:46 by Prof. Ice Babe(Super Girl) Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice Babe(Super Girl) (Comment 6) : Ja I agree…I would not survive the CT winters. I have family there that visit here in winter and they cannot believe the nice climate we have here. CT is great for a visit during Feb March

  • Comment 7, posted at 02.09.09 10:10:10 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 7) :

    So …take THAT SAUCE!! It’s OUR lifestyle choice! 😈 😉

  • Comment 8, posted at 02.09.09 10:16:41 by Prof. Ice Babe(Super Girl) Reply
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  • Bunch of Gauteng softies. 😈

  • Comment 9, posted at 02.09.09 10:30:46 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 9) :

    SOFTIES?? Jy moet hare op jou tanne he om hier te bly, Boetman! LOL

    Gauteng is nie vir sissies nie! 😆

  • Comment 10, posted at 02.09.09 10:33:12 by Prof. Ice Babe(Super Girl) Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 9) : 😆

  • Comment 11, posted at 02.09.09 11:01:20 by provincejoulekkading Reply
  • Cape winters are like a cold shower…they wake you up nothing more….if you can’t survive it you probably should move to the equator and stay there 😀

  • Comment 12, posted at 02.09.09 11:31:04 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 9) : 😆

  • Comment 13, posted at 02.09.09 11:31:36 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @provincejoulekkading (Comment 11) : @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 13) :

    What is so Funny?? ❓ 🙄 😉

  • Comment 14, posted at 02.09.09 12:09:47 by Prof. Ice Babe(Super Girl) Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice Babe(Super Girl) (Comment 8) : I’d rather stay in CT than JHB….but I prefer the platteland….lekker rustig

  • Comment 15, posted at 02.09.09 13:17:01 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 15) :

    Yeah – I miss that!!

    i live here by ball and chain.. 😉 😆

  • Comment 16, posted at 02.09.09 13:30:02 by Prof. Ice Babe(Super Girl) Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 12) :
    CT over the inland cities anyday!

    But Durbs has the awesomest Winters…

  • Comment 17, posted at 02.09.09 16:46:01 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 17) : i hear….last time i was in Durbs was for splashy fen – circa 10 years ago… I still froze my balls off 😕

  • Comment 18, posted at 02.09.09 17:14:42 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 18) : How’s your geography?? Splashy fen is NOT in Durban!!! 🙄

  • Comment 19, posted at 02.09.09 21:23:04 by Me2 aka Mama Shark Reply

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  • I’ll take a Zululand beach or the Drakensberg (north, south or central) any day of the year.

  • Comment 20, posted at 03.09.09 08:17:12 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Me2 aka Mama Shark (Comment 19) :

    Is it not near Underberg?? THAT would be cold in winter and if I had any, mine would also have frozen! :mrgreen:

    Try driving untill you get to a cul de sac (with HUGE BLUE WATER infront of you) next time…THAT would be Durban!! 😉

  • Comment 21, posted at 03.09.09 09:42:03 by Prof. Ice Babe(Super Girl) Reply
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