After news broke earlier in the week that Springbok and Stormers wing, Bryan Habana is negotiating with French club Toulon, the winger confirmed that he has signed a pre-contract agreement.
The deal is said to be a 3-year stint for the French club which will start and the end of the 2013 Super Rugby season.
Speaking on the Stormers official website, Bryan said that it was a tough decision to make but one he could not turn down.
“It’s a wrench to leave my home, even if only for a short while, but the chance to test myself against different opposition in a new environment was difficult to turn down,” 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.”
WP Rugby CEO also confirmed the move saying Bryan will be sorely missed by the Cape team.
“As sad as it is knowing that Bryan will be leaving us after this year’s Vodacom Super Rugby season, he does so with our blessing and we would like to thank him for his contribution to the DHL Western Province and DHL Stormers teams over the past three years.
“We would like to wish Bryan and his wife everything of the best for their new chapter abroad, but we also look forward to him giving his all for the DHL Stormers during the 2013 Super Rugby season.”
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.”