The 25-year-old has tasted glory in the Currie Cup, the Super 14, the Tri Nations and the World Cup, yet winning a Test series against the Lions has always been a distant dream.
Half a decade on from his international bow and that dream is now close to becoming a reality. The result of the three-match series against the Lions may still be in doubt but, barring injury, Habanaâ00s presence in the Springbok starting XV is surely not.
â00The Lions is a long-term goal for me, itâ00s been a goal for about five years back,â0 said Habana, who is expected to be one of the first names on Peter de Villiersâ00 teamsheet for the first Test against the Lions in Durban on June 20.
â00Iâ00d really love to be a part of that Springbok team and make a huge contribution.
â00Hopefully, Iâ00ll be able to play well enough to get picked for that Springbok side and play well enough to make a huge difference.â0
Having recently had a pin inserted in a broken finger, Habana is aware that a lot can happen between now and June. Whatever the rugby gods throw at him, however, Habana is determined to continue working hard, enjoying his rugby and doing whatever he can to be part of an historic summer series.
â00Thereâ00s a lot thatâ00s going to happen before the Lions tour but itâ00s an exciting time.
â00Iâ00ve got to make a contribution with the Bulls in the Super 14 and hopefully play well enough to get picked in the Springbok team that gets chosen to come up against the Lions in the Test series.
â00We get an opportunity every day of our lives to go out and do something we absolutely love. As much as you set long-term and short-term goals, being a part of something youâ00re absolutely passionate about and have dreamt about doing your whole life means it doesnâ00t take much to get me out of bed in the morning.â0
Bryan Habana is expected to play an important role for the Boks this summer
He may have only been a schoolboy the last time the Lions visited South Africa but there is no doubt that Ian McGeechan and co left an indelible impression on the young Habana.
The former World Sevens star admits that the 1997 Lions played a big part in his rugby education in his early years. Now he wants to teach the Lions a lesson in three months time.
â00I do remember â0097. I was very new to the game so I didnâ00t really know what the history of the Lions was about. Seeing what this amazing team under Martin Johnson brought to South Africa was really exciting for me as a youngster getting to know the game.
â00It was a great time. We were world champions and there was a lot of expectation and, had it not been for Jerry Guscottâ00s drop goal, things might have been different.
â00Thatâ00s all history now and weâ00re looking forward to this tour. Weâ00ve laid a foundation and we all start off trying to be a part of the next chapter in Springbok rugby.â0