Habana visit

Former Springbok Bryan Habana. Picture: FILE

2007 World Rugby Player of the Year and world renowned former South African rugby team winger Bryan Habana will be the 2019 Fiji’s Coral Coast Sevens Tournament ambassador.

The Coral Coast 7s tournament implemented the idea of inviting international and national rugby super stars such as Waisale Serevi, David Campese, Jonah Lomu, Ben Gollings, Viliame Satala, Karl TeNana, Lote Tuqiri, George Gregan, the Fiji Olympic 7s team and DJ Forbes who have all been inducted into the Rugby Town Walk of Fame and this year marks Habana’s turn after he retired from all forms of rugby at the end of his season with French Top 14 club Toulon on April 24.

The Sigatoka River Safari are the official tournament ambassador sponsor and managing director Jay Whyte said Habana was excited to be invited as the ambassador of the tournament.

“We cannot wait to host Bryan and his young family here in Fiji and in particular take him into the “Heart & Soul of Fiji” aboard our Safari jet boats to visit 1 of the 17 villages we visit throughout the year,” Whyte said.

“I was able to meet Bryan at the San Francisco Sevens World Cup and judging by the love and adoration he received there, he will be mobbed by the many fans here in Fiji.”

This gives the South African try scoring machine an opportunity to witness the raw talents Fiji has to become Olympic gold medallists and two-time Sevens World Cup champions.

“I think many of the 7s players and officials who will be participating at the tourney will be encouraged to give it their all and show Bryan why Fiji and Fijians are so skilful and having played with Josua Tuisova in Toulon, I believe Bryan is definitely a fan of Fijian rugby and Fijian people,” Whyte added.

Meanwhile, Habana will be travelling to the country with his family to witness how Fijian 7s players and fans react to the sport.

“I’m massively humbled and appreciative of this induction into the Walk of Fame and my family and I cannot wait to be in Fiji to not only meet the people, but to also experience the world famous Fijian culture and having spoken with Jay he has booked me and my family in for a Sigatoka River Safari experience so I can’t wait to see what a Fijian safari is all about,” Habana said.

This will be Habana’s first visit and having played alongside and against many Fijians, he was extremely enthusiastic about coming down to the South Pacific and cannot wait to be in Fiji for a week-long stay and will be attending the official launch function and plaque unveiling in Sigatoka Town on January 16.

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