Peter de Villiers remained ‘speechless’ after gift from Springbok legend Bryan Habana

Peter de Villiers.

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Pierre de Villiers took to social media to share a photo of a gift he received from the former Springbok Wing Bryan Habana.

Habana donned the Springbok jersey 124 times between 2006 and 2016, while De Villiers replaced Jake White as head coach of the national team in 2008 until the end of 2011.

Habana, now 37, sent De Villiers, 63, the trophy he received after making his 100th Springbok appearance.

Sharing an image of the trophy with a message on Twitter, De Villiers said: “I am humbled beyond belief. For one of the greatest players in the history of @Springboks and @WorldRugby to send me this knowing how much it would mean to me has left me completely and utterly speechless. Thank you from the bottom of my heart @BryanHabana, you are one of a kind! “

The former Lions, Bulls, Stormers and Toulonnais winger has had a brilliant playing career.

He won two Super Rugby titles (2007, 2009), two Currie Cup crowns (2009, 2012) including a World Cup triumph with the Springboks in 2007, which earned him the title of IRB Player of the year 2007.

Two years later, Habana was also part of Bok de Villiers’ national team who claimed a famous 2-1 series victory over the British and Irish Lions in 2009.

The Springboks are now hoping for another series victory over the visiting British and Irish Lions on their first tour of South Africa in 12 years, starting in July.

2021 Lions Complete Tour Matches:

Saturday July 3: Lions v The British & Irish Lions (Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg) KO 6:00 p.m. (SAT) / 5:00 p.m. (BST)

Wednesday July 7: Sharks v The British & Irish Lions (Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg) KO 8:00 p.m. (SAT) / 7:00 p.m. (BST)

Saturday July 10: Bulls v The British & Irish Lions (Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria) KO 6:00 p.m. (SAT) / 5:00 p.m. (BST)

Wednesday July 14: South Africa ‘A’ v The British & Irish Lions (Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town) KO 8:00 p.m. (SAT) / 7:00 p.m. (BST)

Saturday July 17: Stormers v The British & Irish Lions (Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town) KO 6:00 p.m. (SAT) / 5:00 p.m. (BST)

Saturday July 24: Springboks v The British & Irish Lions (1st test, Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town) KO 6:00 p.m. (SAT) / 5:00 p.m. (BST)

Saturday July 31: Springboks v The British & Irish Lions (2nd Test, FNB Stadium, Johannesburg) KO 18:00 (SAT) / 17:00 (BST)

Saturday August 7: Springboks v The British & Irish Lions (3rd test, FNB Stadium, Johannesburg) KO 6:00 p.m. (SAT) / 5:00 p.m. (BST)


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