Habana: Gatland’s record adds ‘spice’ to Lions’ SA tour

  • Warren Gatland set for third tour as British & Irish Lions coach
  • The Welshman has guided the Lions to a collection win over the Wallabies and a draw towards New Zealand
  • Former Bok wing Bryan Habana says a Lions tour is about greater than sport

Former South Africa winger Bryan Habana, a key a part of the Springbok facet that notched up an exhilarating collection win over the British and Irish Lions in 2009, mentioned subsequent yr’s tour may have an additional edge to it because of Warren Gatland’s spectacular file on the helm of the invitational facet.

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Gatland takes cost of the Lions in 13 months’ time after having led the touring facet to wins over Australia in 2013 and a attract New Zealand 4 years later.

“It is going to be huge. Twelve years on we’re in a lucky place as South Africa as we go into it once more not solely because the world champions like in 1997 and 2009 however we go into it as earlier collection champions,” Habana advised AFP in an interview.

“What’s going to add an unimaginable quantity of spice to this particular tour, bar the truth that South Africa are world champions, is that Warren Gatland is vying to be the primary Lions coach to haven’t misplaced a collection within the three southern hemisphere nations,” added Habana, who has helped launch the MatchKit utility since ending his taking part in profession.

Habana, who scored a sensational attempt within the second Take a look at because the Springboks received the collection 2-1 in 2009, mentioned the Lions’ go to to the Rainbow Nation is about extra than simply the game on the sector regardless of subsequent yr’s schedule being two video games shorter than the earlier one to South Africa.

“I do know in 2009 the Lions did an unimaginable quantity of labor within the townships in South Africa in giving again, in donating, not solely clothes and package however constructing fields and coaching periods with under-privileged,” he mentioned.

“It is an eight-week tour that has been lower down to 6 or seven now, it is that have in its totality that rugby would not have.”

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