Friday, November 10, 2006

Habana races to new position

By Tarryn Le Chat
10 November 2006

Bryan Habana, known for his fast pace and the mark he made as one of the most exciting players in world rugby, has been moved from wing to outside centre.

The speedster, who scored 12 tries in 12 tests last year, is a strike runner who can destroy a defence in the blink of an eye.

However, Springbok coach Jake White, has said that Habana has one weakness as a player, “He has a tendency to lose focus and to switch off for a moment which is costly in a game at this level, and in international rugby that is not permitted.”

Habana now has the opportunity to work significantly on that problem.

He is reportedly excited about the chance to grow as an outside centre and has the experience in the role from his earlier rugby days.

Paired with Jean de Villiers – a creative, visionary and innovative player at number 12 -- is perfect to set-up the pace-maker on the field and will be a perfect combination according to White.

Habana is set to play in tomorrow’s match against Ireland in Dublin.



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