Toulon finally catch Habana

Fri, 11 Jan 2013 10:00
Large bryanhabanastormerstraining Large bryanhabanaallblacks2 Large bryanhabanawallabiestry2

After chasing Springbok wing Bryan Habana's signature since 2007, Toulon have finally got their man.

After chasing Springbok wing Bryan Habana's signature since 2007, Toulon have finally got their man.

Habana has signed a pre-contract agreement to move to French club after the close of the 2013 Super Rugby season. The three-year deal will see Habana make the move to the south of France as the 2013/14 Top 14 season gets underway.

The move confirms one of the worst kept secrets in South African rugby, following an extended period of speculation which has seen him linked with the star-studded French outfit a number of times.

The 2012 SA Player of the year in will join fellow World Cup-winning Boks Bakkies Botha and Danie Rossouw in a team that is captained by Springbok loose forward Joe van Niekerk.

Habana said he was grateful to Western Province Rugby for providing him with some great memories over the past three years.

"I'd like to thank everyone at Western Province for their support throughout my stay in Cape Town," he said.

"I've had three great seasons in the Cape thus far and I am looking forward to finishing off on a high before taking on a new challenge overseas. Hopefully we can build on the success we experienced last year - this young team has the opportunity to dominate for years to come and I'm proud to be sharing my experience with the next generation of star players."

Western Province Rugby CEO Rob Wagner commented: "As sad as it is knowing that Bryan will be leaving us after this year's Super Rugby season, he does so with our blessing and we would like to thank him for his contribution to the Western Province and Stormers teams over the past three years.

Capped 83 times at Test level for the Springboks - and their all-time leading try-scorer - Habana has made it clear that he is available to continue represent his country, should he be selected.

"Playing for the Boks is a huge part of my life and I would never turn my back on my country," he said. "I'll never stop giving 100% on the field for any team I play for and if the Springbok coach picks me, I'll be there."

"Rugby Club Toulonnais has an incredible pedigree and some phenomenal players and working with everyone there is going to help me improve my game - and hopefully I can bring something new to the team there as well," he added.

For the moment though, Habana has his sights on success with the Stormers in Super Rugby, as he recovers from a knee injury sustained during the Currie Cup Final last year.

"The rehabilitation has gone well and I haven't experienced any complications at all. We're back at pre-season training now and I'm looking forward to putting in some serious work to get myself back up to speed ahead of the new season," he said.

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 30 September 2016
Golden Lions v Sharks 15h00 Johannesburg
EP Kings v Pumas 16h00 Nelspruit
Western Province v Boland 17h10 Cape Town
Dragons v Glasgow Warriors 18h35 Rodney Parade
Connacht v Edinburgh 18h35 Sportsground
Northampton Saints v Exeter Chiefs 18h45 Franklin's Gardens
Bristol v Saracens 18h45 Ashton Gate
Sat, 01 October 2016
Free State Cheetahs v Griquas 12h00 Bloemfontein
Sale Sharks v Leicester Tigers 13h30 AJ Bell Stadium
Gloucester v Bath 14h00 Kingsholm
South Africa v Australia 15h05 Loftus Versfeld
Munster v Zebre 16h00 Thomond Park
Ulster v Ospreys 17h30 Kingspan Stadium
Cardiff Blues v Leinster 18h35 BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park
Cardiff Blues v Cardiff Blues 19h05 Stadio Monigo
Sun, 02 October 2016
Argentina v New Zealand 22h10 Ascoli Piceno
Wasps v Harlequins 13h30 Ricoh Arena
Worcester Warriors v Newcastle Falcons 14h00 Sixways
Tue, 04 October 2016
Edinburgh v Ulster 19h35 BT Murrayfield
TOP 14
MORE LOGS
RELATED ARTICLES