One afternoon, many years ago, 2003 as I recall, I ventured into the beer tent at the King Edward VII School Rugby Festival. It was a Thursday afternoon, I think. I could be very wrong. It was many years ago. My colleague from The Star, Stuart Hess, and I took a break to refresh parched throats. The second beer had just been ordered when two young men wearing Lions training kit walked past. One stopped. "Hello, Mr McCallum." He came over and shook my hand. We exchanged pleasantries, I introduced him to Stuart, he bade farewell and walked on. "Who’s that?" asked Stuart. "Not sure," I answered. "I think he plays for the Lions’ Vodacom Cup team." That young man who called me "mister" was one Bryan Habana. I am awful with names, but I should have remembered that one. I had watched him play a few weeks before, having been asked to cover a Vodacom Cup match. Those were the days when there were enough writers in a sports department to send someone to cover it.Habana was an outside centre i...

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