Bryan Habana’s Emotional Facebook Post Is Going Viral
2016 has just been one of those years, hasn’t it?
Celebrity deaths, political brainfarts in the U.K. and U.S, seventy-three-hundred-and-eleventeen unsuccessful attempts to oust Zuma – yeah, just one of those years.
Then there’s the Springboks, who suffered eight defeats in a calendar year for the first time in history.
Not just any eight defeats, mind you. A first home loss to Ireland (who played most of the game with 14 men), first away losses to Argentina and Italy, and unprecedented drubbings at the hands of both the All Blacks and Wales.
Of course rugby fans in this country are baying for blood, and Allister Coetzee is public enemy number one, but there has also been plenty of criticism directed at the senior players in the squad.
Bryan Habana hasn’t been spared, and it’s clear that he is well aware that his Bok days may be over. On Tuesday he took to Facebook to post a heartfelt message, describing just how much the past 12 months have hurt.
Here’s that post from his official Facebook page:
The pain, disappointment and lows of what happened over the past 3 weeks and that has been happening over the past 6 months is by far the toughest and lowest I have ever experienced in my rugby career, and I’ve had many lows.
To even begin to explain where it’s all gone wrong is immensely difficult as there are so many things across the board to dissect and you cannot put it down to just one thing.
Purely from a players perspective, our on-field performances, bar a few individuals at certain times, hasn’t been up to standard and we take full responsibility for that despite all the off field issues.
Personally, I honestly felt that I could make a positive influence and impact both on and off the field in 2016 and unfortunately I haven’t been able to do that and I apologise for the part I played in the results of this year.
I fully understand the hurt, dissatisfaction and despair felt about where this current Springbok team is and I’m also prepared to face all the criticism that comes my way in the part I’ve played.
Like you all, I also want to see the Springboks be a force to be reckoned with and instil pride back into the jersey and be that symbol of hope and unity that it has been on so many occasions for our country.
I believe open and honest discussions need to be had with all the key role players, administrators, politicians, coaches and players to start a proper process of rebuilding and implementation of structures.
Whether or not I’m a part of this group going forward, or whether changes get made on an administrative, coaching or players level, we can never lose the belief that we can fix it.
I think most of us can admit to shouting at the telly in frustration in recent times, but I’ll never forget what it felt like to have Bryan on the wing around 2006 and 2007.
It seemed like every time he touched the ball he made magic happen, and along the way he’s racked up 124 caps and 67 tries.
That’s not to say he should waltz into the team, and I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking that he might be overzealous when it comes to his rush defence, but given the mess we find ourselves in a little stability goes a long way.
Times are tough, Bryan, but there are many rugby fans who still dig having you around.
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