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24/04/2018

El rugby pierde a una leyenda: se retira Habana

Bryan Habana, en el centro, saluda al p煤blico. El hist贸rico rugbier sudafricano se retira a fin de a帽o. / AP

El hist贸rico wing sudafricano, campe贸n del mundo en 2007, anunci贸 que dejar谩 la actividad cuando termine la temporada con su equipo, el Toulon. Su r茅cord con los Springboks.

La leyenda del rugby sudafricano Bryan Habana, que tiene el r茅cord de tries marcados para los Springboks, anunci贸 que se retirar谩 cuando finalice la temporada del Toulon.

En un emotivo mensaje en la red social Instagram, el veterano wing, que cumplir谩 35 a帽os en junio, escribi贸: “El inevitable momento toca a mi puerta y le he invitado a tomar una bebida”.

So it鈥檚 my turn to say Thank You: . The inevitable moment has come knocking on my door and I鈥檝e welcomed it in for a drink. . It鈥檚 been more than a year of hoping, trying, pushing and willing to get back on the field for one last time, to taste the sweet victory or encounter that gut-wrenching despair. To hear the roar of the crowd or grab the pill out of the air. To make that last bone crunching tackle or score that last game winning try. But it鈥檚 unfortunately just not to be. I, like most, would have liked my career to have ended differently, but sometimes things don鈥檛 turn out quite the way we hope for. . So at the end of this season, it鈥檚 time to say goodbye and thank you to the game I so dearly love. . To try and sum up the past 16 years and how quickly they鈥檝e flown by or even begin to describe how amazing the journey has been is impossible. . I would though like to express my gratitude: . 鈥 First and foremost, to God for blessing me with the talent to play this beautiful game. 鈥 To my wife Janine, Timothy and our newborn Gabriel, for your support, sacrifice and love to follow me to all corners of the earth so that I can pursue my dreams. 鈥 To my family and friends, far and wide, who wore their hearts on their sleeves as much as I did. 鈥 To the coaches, team-mates, medical and support staff in all the teams I was involved in. 鈥 To every opponent that made the battle tough and worthwhile. 鈥 To all my sponsors over the years who believed in me enough to support me on the journey. 鈥 To the fans, who make the game what it is. 鈥 To the critics, not to prove you wrong but so that I could prove to myself I could. 鈥 To the media, who take the game to households the world over. 鈥 To the lessons learnt, through the good times and the bad. 鈥 To the friendships made and experiences a plenty. . But most of all to Rugby, because for me it truly is a game made in heaven. . As a close friend one said: 鈥渕emories are all we have.鈥 And I鈥檓 immensely grateful for the memories I take with me into the next chapter. . With much respect . BH11

Una publicaci贸n compartida de Bryan Habana (@bryanhabana_) el

Lesionado en la rodilla, Habana jug贸 por 煤ltima vez para el Toulon franc茅s en abril de 2017.

Juani Hern谩ndez: el oto帽o de un grande

“Ha sido m谩s de un a帽o de esperar, intentar, empujar y estar dispuesto a volver al campo por 煤ltima vez, para saborear una victoria o sufrir una decepci贸n”, dijo.

“Pero desafortunadamente no ha podido ser. Como a la mayor铆a, me hubiera gustado que mi carrera terminara de manera diferente, pero a veces las cosas no salen como esperamos”, continu贸.

“Por lo que al final de esta temporada, es tiempo de decir adi贸s y dar gracias al juego que tanto amo”, concluy贸.

Habana lleg贸 al Toulon en la temporada 2013-14, logrando dos t铆tulos europeos.

Con 124 partidos jugados es el segundo Springbok con m谩s presencias internacionales y tiene el r茅cord de tries con 67. Jug贸 un papel fundamental en el t铆tulo mundial de Sud谩frica en 2007.

“Intent贸 resumir los 煤ltimos 16 a帽os y lo r谩pido que han pasado, o incluso describir lo incre铆ble que ha sido el viaje, y es imposible”, a帽adi贸, agradeciendo a su familia, amigos, entrenadores y compa帽eros, pero “sobre todo al rugby, porque realmente es un juego creado en el para铆so”.

Fuente: AFP

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