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Habana issues World Cup warning

South Africa began the final week of preparation on Monday before launching their world title defence, with star wing Bryan Habana declaring: "We are here for business."

Habana and company will make history if they retain the trophy won at England's expense in Paris four years ago. Back-to-back World Cup triumphs have proved a task beyond all six previous tournament winners.

"The pressure we put on ourselves as Springboks is more than anyone else puts on us. We want to go out there and make sure we do our country proud," said Habana. "We are here for a task, and that is first of all to beat Wales next Sunday and then to carry on hopefully winning for the next six games to win a World Cup."

He added: "We will definitely enjoy the experience that New Zealand has to offer, but we are here for business, not pleasure, and we are looking forward to getting on with business."

The Springboks have settled into their central Wellington base - it is barely five minutes' walk from the Wales team hotel - with their send-off from South Africa still resonating.

"When 65,000 people say goodbye to you it's very difficult," said Habana.

"And when you get greeted by the president (Jacob Zuma) and he tells you to bring the cup back, he expects you to bring the cup back."


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