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SOME of South Africa’s top rugby players carried out an unexpected warm-up for tomorrow’s Test against Scotland - by challenging a group of Edinburgh youngsters at football.

Bryan Habana, Tendai Mtawarira, Scarra Ntubeni, Frans Malherbe and captain Jean de Villiers visited the Street League project in the capital and took them on in a penalty shootout.

The Street League project, which provides training and support to unemployed youths, is supported by the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation for whom Habana is an ambassador.

Habana said: “I think the various ways that Laureus helps sportsmen like myself to give something back to young people like this is wonderful. I think the work that Laureus does around the world, and particularly in my native South Africa, is just great and I am delighted to be here, as a proud Laureus Ambassador with my Springbok team-mates in Edinburgh today to do what I can to support Laureus in another country and help to inspire these young people to do even better.”

The players also visited classroom sessions as part of the project, which aims to help young people get off the streets and back into work.

Springboks captain Jean de Villiers said: “All the Springbok players here today were so impressed with what we saw. We all know what a great role sport can play in helping young people.”

Ryan, one of the youths involved with the project, said: I had never met any famous people before. I really enjoyed chatting with Jean de Villiers about being a captain - as I am captain of my football team and we are learning about being a leader on the Academy. Jean gave me some tips about becoming a stronger leader and becoming more confident, which I am going to use when looking for a job. It was a great day, one I will always remember.”

• Watch video of Bryan Habana and Jean de Villiers discussing the work of the Street League and Laureus

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