Habana says his game has changed
Springbok scoring ace Bryan Habana believes his game has changed from that he played in the winning 2007 Rugby World Cup side, and in 2011 in New Zealand.
Now 32, and a veteran of 106 Tests with 57 tries, Habana is still a key component of coach Heyneke Meyer's side and remains a player no opponent can forget about.
"I'm definitely a different player," he told myplayers.co.za.
"My roles have also changed. In addition to my duties in the backline, I try to make valuable contributions in other areas, like at the breakdown. I just want to be the best I can be for the team.
"I also have gained plenty of experience over the years. And with that, I play a mentoring role for the younger guys in the squad.
"They bring a lot of energy and excitement in the squad which is nice. It keeps things fresh in the Springbok environment."
While the Springboks have lost both their Investec Rugby Championship games this year, albeit late in both games, Habana still believes they have the talent to win the World Cup.
"We're making progress every week. We have the players to do well.
"We just need to work on our problem areas and continue improving," he said.
The inclusion of rising talent to the mix has been beneficial and the mid-field triumvirate of first five-eighths Handre Pollard, second five-eighths Damian de Allende and centre Jesse Kriel shapes as the core of South Africa's future backline.
"They're young guys and they've done very well at this level," Habana said.
"Jesse is always excited to get on to the field and play, which is great to see. At times, it's important to channel that excitement in the right way and to help provide calm in pressure situations."
Habana said he was happy to be involved with their development because every player made mistakes and it was important to offer leadership and guidance in those situations.
South Africa complete their championship programme against Argentina next weekend.