Habana placed on standby for Commonwealth

Brian Habana

Brian Habana

Springbok wing Bryan Habana has been placed on standby for the Team South Africa Sevens squad at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, the South African Sports & Olympic Committee confirmed on Tuesday.

Habana’s availability followed a decision by his club Toulon, in agreement with the French Rugby Federation (FFR), to make an exception and allow Habana to play during a rest window during which all French Top 14 players are normally prohibited from playing.

The release came after the deadline for the submission of squads for the Commonwealth Games and, therefore, the leading scorer in Springbok history is unable to join the team preparing in Glasgow.

However, he has been cleared to be placed on the Team SA Sevens standby list. His availability means that should there be an injury in the Team SA squad, Habana would be allowed to compete, should he be required by the coaches. He was named in the original squad.

The Sevens squad plays three matches on Saturday, against Trinidad & Tobago, the Cook Islands and Kenya, before the knockout matches and medal games on Sunday.

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3 comments for “Habana placed on standby for Commonwealth

  1. Profile photo of bryce_in_oz
    July 23, 2014 at 3:07 am

    Great stuff… can only aid the Orks…

    If RSA want an Olympic gold they have to start thinking about including elite players into their 7’s side…

    You can bet your bottom dollar every other top nation already are…

  2. Profile photo of Mug Punters Organisation of South Africa
    July 23, 2014 at 5:48 am

    Yep agreed but is he been overplayed as an elite player?

  3. Profile photo of bryce_in_oz
    July 23, 2014 at 7:25 am

    @Mug Punters Organisation of South Africa:

    More than likely… but he’s only on standby…

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