Now North prepares for his first taste of Test rugby since helping the Lions to a series victory over Australia this summer as Wales look to defeat South Africa for the first time since 1999.
He has a formidable strike record, having dotted down 14 times in 34 internationals but Habana's is even better, crossing 53 times in his 92 appearances - and North is eager for another showdown with the Springbok flyer.
North said: "He is a man always on form, isn't he?
"He is someone I grew up watching and I have been lucky enough to play against him a few times now.
"Hopefully, it will be another good challenge.
"Obviously, [my debut] was a good day in personal terms, but again we were so close to winning that one. Hopefully, we can push on again.
"I am a bit more experienced and a little older and a little wiser.
"I have learned my trade a bit more. I know what is coming and what is going on now.
"That was a new experience for me, but I am looking forward to the challenge because South Africa is a massive game for us."