The green and gold No.11 jersey has always stirred up something inside of South Africa’s Sevens Player of the Year Seabelo Senatla.
And he is ready to make it his own.
For years that jersey belonged to the
Springboks’ all-time leading try-scorer Bryan Habana. But with the 33-year-old nearing the sunset of his career, Senatla is ready to realise his ultimate dream.
Senatla, who was nominated for the World
Sevens Player of the Year yesterday, says: “I have a thing with the No.11. It’s just a thing – but I could possibly play on the right also.
“That [replacing Habana] is the ultimate dream and that’s what I’ve been dreaming about ever since I started taking rugby seriously.
“I’ve always said to myself I would like to take over from Bryan and ultimately that’s what I want to do.
“I visualise it and I want it to happen. I work towards that every single time I go out on the field or I go to the gym. I work towards that and try to make that goal a reality.”
Having spent some time with Habana in the Sevens camp, Senatla says he learnt some valuable lessons from the speedster.
He adds: “I’ve learned so much from him not [only] in rugby but in doing things differently.”
World rugby awards nominees:
- World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year: Osea Kolinisau (Fiji), Seabelo Senatla (South Africa), Virimi Vakatawa (France).
- World Rugby Team of the Year: England, Fiji Sevens, New Zealand (All Blacks).
- World Rugby Coach of the Year: Steve Hansen (New Zealand). Eddie Jones (England). Ben Ryan (Fiji Sevens).
- World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year: Maro Itoje (England). Anton Lienert-Brown (New Zealand). Ardie Savea (New Zealand).
- Try of the Year: Jamie Heaslip (Ireland v France). TJ Perenara (New Zealand v Argentina). Kaito Shigeno (Japan v Scotland).
- World Rugby Referee Award: Jérôme Garcès (France). Alhambra Nievas (Spain). Jaco Peyper (South Africa). Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa).