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Habana was asked how he felt about South Africa and its involvement in Super Rugby in light of talk that a trans-Tasman competition may be a more favourable option.

“I grew up watching Super Rugby in its establishment … all of sudden now things are changing and you might not get the core essence of what Super Rugby was ever back again. That would be a sad loss,” Habana told the Herald. “If Super Rugby had to end it would be a sad moment for southern hemisphere rugby and so hopefully the powers that be in their decision-making process hopefully do what’s best for the game.

“Everyone says it’s easier for the South African teams to go north and that Australian and New Zealand teams should stay here. Super Rugby in the last 25 years has been pretty stable in terms of the rugby. For me personally, you’d love to see strength versus strength and people getting the opportunity to play the best southern hemisphere teams week after week.”

Habana, who is South Africa’s second-highest capped player at Test level and retired in 2016, said he did not have a magic solution but stressed the competition’s future was imperative and believes Australia, New Zealand and South Africa need one another.

“I don’t think it’s logistically easy to just to fit into a northern hemisphere season,” Habana said.

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“The strength of the pound, Euro and US dollar is always going to make it increasingly difficult to keep players. When year in, year out you’re losing strong individuals, in terms of experience, replacing that is not easy.

“In South Africa, everyone wants exposure to the game at the highest level and they want the strength component to continually bring players through the system. What that looks like in future  is very uncertain.

“There are a lot of other things that need to be taken into consideration. I’m lucky I’m not making those decisions. One would hope an open platform is created to everyone to engage.”