Habana, Brits blow for Team SA

2014-06-30 17:19
Bryan Habana (Gallo Images)
Johannesburg - The Springbok Sevens team’s hopes of winning a medal at the Commonwealth Sevens could well have been given a blow if indications that Springbok XVs stars Bryan Habana and Schalk Brits may have to be forced to withdraw by their respective leagues, the website reports.

While both Brits’ Saracens club and Habana’s Toulon club have given them the go-ahead to be selected for the Games, it seems now that the Premiership and Top 14 may well order both to withdraw as the Games falls within the prescribed off period for European rugby.

As both leagues stipulate a strict four-week rest period for players during the off-season, it is unlikely they will change their minds and Blitzbokke coach Neil Powell may well be forced to look elsewhere to bolster his team.

The duo were named last month as part of Team South Africa’s list of competitors for the games as Powell named a dream team that included recent XVs star Cornal Hendricks, Lions captain Warren Whiteley and Western Province speedster Cheslin Kolbe.

Attempts to confirm the situation have been futile, with Sascoc CEO Tubby Reddy saying he has received no documentation to say either player had pulled out, while the South African Rugby Union have referred requests to Sascoc as the Sevens team falls under their umbrella for the Games.

Saracens CEO Edward Griffiths said “we are talking to SA Rugby” when approached for clarification while Toulon have not answered enquiries on the matter.

Both Bok stars have set their sights on going to the Commonwealth Games to add another chapter in their impressive rugby careers thus far, and want to represent South Africa in the Olympic Games in 2016.

A ruling on the two is expected soon.

The Commonwealth Games take place from July 23 to August 3.

SA squad:

Chris Dry, Schalk Brits, Frankie Horne, Kyle Brown, Branco du Preez, Cheslin Kolbe, Justin Geduld, Cecil Afrika, Bryan Habana, Seabelo Senatla, Cornal Hendricks, Warren Whiteley

Management: Ashley Evert (Manager)
Coaches: Neil Powell, Allan Temple Jones



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