It emerged on Monday that first-choice centre, Juan de Jongh, will be unavailable for the Cape franchise’s opening game after failing to recover from a jaw injury he suffered in the warm-up game against the Lions.
Habana was surprisingly picked at 13 for the Stormers’ warm-up game against the Kings but ended up giving the coaching staff a lot of confidence should they suffer some injuries in this position.
It is a move forced upon the Stormers following the departures of Jaque Fourie (Japan), Johann Sadie (Bulls) and Tim Whitehead (Sharks) which has left the coaching staff low on depth at centre.
Habana last played any game of significance at centre against Ireland in the Springboks centenary test in 2006 which they lost.
The only other injury concern is that of Rynhardt Elstadt who suffered a ligament injury against the Kings – a call will be made on Wednesday on his fitness.
In good news for the Stormers, both Koster and Dewald Duvenhage have been declared fit for this weekend’s match.