Tag Archive for South Africa

Habana Catapults into Record Books

The Springboks winger and all-round speed merchant, Bryan Habana, has become South Africa’s all time leading try scorer, notching up his 39th against Namibia.

Habana in 2008... I'm sure he'd give this try scoring record a thumbs up too!
















Habana became South Africa’s try scoring record holder in the 23rd minute of a rather one-sided [but still error-strewn] group stage match-up against Namibia. He takes the title from previous record holder, Joost van der Westhuizen.

SA tidied up their game in the second half putting another 8 tries past Namibia and looking more like the defending champs they are.

What do you think? Have they got the skills to go all the way or is the close contest with Wales last week a sign that they’re not on top form this time out?

Get your SA Picnic on!

Ok, so maybe it’s not the perfect time of year to be sitting out in the park with your mates, but we think this new range of South Africa accessories is inspired and everyone should take a look!


The full range is made up of:

- umbrella
- wheelie  bag
- holdall –  medium or large
- camping stool
- sandwich bag
- cool bags – small (6 tins), medium (12 tins) or large (24 tins)

If nothing else, you need a 12 tin cooler to keep your ‘refreshments’ cold during the World Cup final – you won’t have to leave the sofa!

We love them! Click here to see them on the rugbystore.co.uk website and post a comment to let us know what you think.

South African rugby legend Joost van der Westhuizen, given 5 years to live

South African rugby legend and World Cup Winner Joost van der Westhuizen has been formally diagnosed with a motor neuron disease which his doctor has advised gives him an 80% chance of living between two and five years.

Joost van der Westhuizen in action

The former Springboks Captain and scrum-half had a hugely successful international career between 1993 and 2003, winning 89 caps and scoring 38 tries, a national scoring record he currently shares with Bryan Habana.
Van der Westhuizen was regarded as one of the world’s best scrum-halves and played a key role in South Africa’s famous World Cup victory in 1995.

Only 40 years old, he was diagnosed with a motor neuron disease in May 2011 after experiencing loss of muscle power and slurred speech. A formal diagnosis of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) was made this week; one of the most common form of motor neuron disease.

Van der Westhuizen’s agent, Bridget Van Oerle commented that, ‘Joost is devastated and has asked to be left alone to collect his thoughts’.

Everyone here at rugbystore.co.uk wishes Joost the very best; our thoughts are with him through these difficult times.