Bryan Habana: “He pulled out knife in the dressing room”

Springboks legend Bryan Habana has labelled Mamuka Gorgodze as one of the scariest guys he has ever played with, recalling the jaw-dropping moment the Georgian forward presented All Blacks great Ma’a Nonu with a knife in the Toulon dressing room. 

Springboks legend Bryan Habana has labelled Mamuka Gorgodze as one of the scariest guys he has ever played with, recalling the jaw-dropping moment the Georgian forward presented All Blacks great Ma’a Nonu with a knife in the Toulon dressing room. 

Now-retired Bryan Habana has recalled his experiences with Gorgodze in RugbyPass Offload

Asked who scared him most in rugby, Habana explained: “There were a few Georgians and one of the scariest guys I ever played has got to be Mamuka Gorgodze, I’d literally be scared to walk past that guy. You wouldn’t want to put a foot wrong. There were a few punch-ups on the training field where Mamuka just let rip. 

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“He is a very stylish guy and Ma’a Nonu had got a pair of these adidas Yeezy, these Kanye West shoes. They were very rare, very intricate. Mamuka had been looking for Yeezy and he asked did Ma’a have an adidas contact. Ma’a was like, ‘Listen, you can have my pair, my size twelves’. 

“Ma’a gives Mamuka these size twelve adidas Yeezy and he is so thankful. Ma’s gets to training the next morning and Mamuka comes in and goes, ‘I want to say thank you for the shoes’. He gives him a knife. Ma’a Nonu is like, ‘I don’t know what to do with this?’ Mamuka was, ‘Take it, it’s for you’. 

“It was this big symbol of appreciation and respect and everything. But Mamuka Gorgodze gives Ma Nono a knife in the changing room, we are all like, ‘Okay, we’re going to leave now, we’re going to close this door and whatever is happening here please don’t bring it outside’. 

“He is an absolute gent, Mamuka, but one of the scariest blokes. You don’t want to step in any way on his wrong side because I saw a few punches being thrown. I’m like, ‘That is why I don’t play in the forwards’, especially because of Mamuka Gorgodze.”

The Georgian was mentioned later on the show when Habana was asked what was the biggest training ground fight he had ever witnessed. “Mamuka Gorgodze and Marcel van der Merwe,” he replied. 

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