Toulon: Habana too expensive

2011-06-15 18:21

Brenden Nel - SuperSport

Johannesburg - Springbok winger Bryan Habana's request for a R21-million contract has been turned down by French big spenders, Toulon because he is "too expensive".

The club, who had no problem hauling out the cash to lure the likes of Sonny Bill Williams, Victor Matfield, Jonny Wilkinson, Gavin Henson and lately Bakkies Botha has withdrawn from negotiations to bring Habana to France after the World Cup because his demands are excessive.

Two years ago Toulon were looking to sign Habana, and would gladly have parted with the cash. But because of the role his father played in negotiations, and the fall out over the court case with Bakkies Botha at the time, lost out as Western Province swooped in with a R3-million offer for his services.

Now, with his contract at Western Province coming to an end after the World Cup, sources in France have said Habana wanted the same money that Botha got when he signed to move after the World Cup, but has been turned down.

Earlier on Wednesday a Cape newspaper reported that Western Province were looking to stop the Bulls from "poaching" Johan Sadie, a claim the Bulls vehemently deny. According to the report Habana's salary is a stumbling block for the necessary cash to keep Sadie in the Cape.

Botha signed a three-year contract for 700 000 euros a year, making him one of the best paid South African rugby players in the world. After losing the court case to the Bulls, he returned and played his heart out for the defending Super Rugby champions, and will run out for his 100th game on Saturday against the Sharks.

According to's sources, Habana, who is representing himself, was offered a contract of 600 000 euros a year, but turned this down and asked for a larger figure.

The French rugby website RugbyRama reported that Billionaire owner of Toulon Mourad Boudjellal, who is a big fan of Habana, informed the winger he was too expensive and declined to negotiate further.

Boudjellal will go ahead with a planned signing of French bad boy Mathieu Bastareaud from Stade Francais for a reported 300 000 euros a year, but has given up any hope of compromise to get Habana to France.

Habana has struggled to find form in this year's Vodacom Super Rugby series, but has been backed by coach Allister Coetzee despite this.


  • Dok - 2011-06-15 18:56

    You can have him for free... on weekends! Thank you Habana for what you did to us, the anger, more anger, anger therapy... But the time has come for Western Province to cut of and let go! You did it with Naqelevuki, now do it with Habana! Do it for us... please!

      Rob - 2011-06-16 06:08

      As "hougie" by die WP opdaag sal die gemiddelde IQ daar wel styg. Dit sal sodoende ook in Pretoria styg.

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-16 09:35

      Rob Hougie gaan nerens heen nie behalwe saam met die Bulls na nog n glorieryke paar jaar toe

  • Oukoos - 2011-06-15 19:21

    Liewe vok, het hy heeltemaal kop verloor? Hy is nie eens R1 miljoen op grond van huidige vorm werd nie.

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-16 09:35

      1 MILJOEN? miskien meticais of kwatchas

  • Rob Rabbit - 2011-06-15 19:28

    Habana is currently not worth the airfare to get him there.

  • darkwing - 2011-06-15 19:32

    Is he wearing lipstick?

  • Babba x - 2011-06-15 19:42

    Hy hoort nie eers in n streekspan nie. Hy is n has been

  • jan du preeaz - 2011-06-15 19:51

    moenie ou habana blameer nie, blameer sy pappie. hy is mos dik papsak vriende met WP rugby se base, so dis was maklik om vir sy laaitie n' moerse kontrak daar los te slaan al was hy klaar n' hasbeen, ongelukkig werk dit nie so by ander klubs nie.

  • Adop - 2011-06-15 19:55

    I think he should pay our school team to play for them!

  • Werner - 2011-06-15 20:18

    Have a slice of humble pie!

  • jochem - 2011-06-15 20:23

    Asseblief! Kan 'n mens so grootkop wees...R21 miljoen - vir wat?

  • Ace Ventura - 2011-06-15 20:32

    Ek moet 5 jaar werk om R21 miljoen te verdien.

      Frik - 2011-06-15 22:44

      kan ek geld leen Ace?

      Ace Ventura - 2011-06-16 08:13

      Gee my jou bankdetails.

  • Neilson - 2011-06-15 21:36

    After the world cup he will get 5 offers for this amount. All that Habanna need to excel is to be part of a team that can play rugby. The Boks with players from the Sharks, Bulls and Cheetahs etc. will give Habanna some ball and space, and suddenly everyone will know why he is struggling at the Stormers. Nothing to do with his ability, he is a star. Just need a good team to play with.

      RJ - 2011-06-15 21:50

      I agree I'm a stormer but we not using him correctly, You never see habana involved in a backline move puting him away or into space like they did with aplon against the chiefs.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-15 21:55

      You know i get so worked up and mad when the Bulls make fun of the Stormers and we don't have anything to throw back at them. Like last Saturday when we lost to them once again my "klein mannetjie sindroom" got completely out of hand and i kicked the living daylights out of my wife and Jack Russell

      Magoo - 2011-06-15 21:58

      There are none so blind as those that won't see! Habana is a has-been, worst kind!! "Take your negativity somewhere else..." The two tragic tales of Habana and Woods: one, the woman he has; the other, the women he has not! And for the Boks: we take this Image Queen to NZ and actually play him, it won't be worth the DSTV subscription, let-alone the cup itself! And finally to Habana himself: BOOOOOOOOOO! We, the fans, are not pleased!!

      jan du preeaz - 2011-06-15 22:15

      nee ou neilie, dis fokkel te doen met space etc, hoeveel balle het die perd al genock met "space" voor hom, saterdag is hy gepeper met uppies en het gevou, en sy spoed is ook moertoe, ou basson het hom so vinnig ingehaal op met n' oop doelyn. en hoeveel keer gly hy as hy die bal kry? die ou is oor die muur punt. daar is ander wat beter is as hy punt.

      Xavier - 2011-06-15 22:29

      How to #%%# -up a rugby player's career...let him play for the stormers

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-06-16 00:14

      Hi All, Before i say good bye to all you idiotic mud otters, jusdt my team for the world cup, what do you guys think: Francois Steyn, Basson, WO, Jacque, Ghost, Steyn, du Preez, Guthro, Chilliboy, Greyling, Bakkies, Victor, Alberts, Danie, Yster Spies. Any intelligent comments appreciated

      Jan - 2011-06-16 00:38

      @ SAFFA-CAT Bismarck over Chiliboy, and you need to play either Deon Stegmann or Heinrich Brussow in the starting lineup. But let's not be Bulls supporters patting ourselves on the back here in front of everyone, ok?

      gnus wakker - 2011-06-16 01:12

      @Jan I agree. SAFFA's team is looking very strong, but I'll also take Stegmann over Alberts

      WPBEFONK - 2011-06-16 05:29

      Habana must be the slowest player in world rugby, including props and locks and Duane

      Grunk - 2011-06-16 07:46

      "Saffa - and all along I've been respecting your opinion of players - Francois Steyn - are you mad???? He's been as big a disappointment as Habana has been since the last RWC.

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-16 09:46

      Grunk does not say a lot about your IQ if you realy believe the comment was made by SAFFA

  • Jack Turner - 2011-06-15 21:51

    And he's such a good looking guy....How did he ever get a "Boortjie" wife......Smuck delux.....

  • Ruperdo - 2011-06-15 22:03

    Hy is soos die ANC hulle het hulle kans gekry en dit gebruik, maar dis nou klaar....... HEEL KLAAR............. DANKIE EN TOTSIENS.............................

  • GraemeBB - 2011-06-15 22:41

    I do feel sorry for him. He was worth it 2 years ago. I still like him, and wish that he can play well again. The reality is that he isnt worth that kind of money. It is hard to believe that Carter was offered 45 mill. Sorry Habana, but you need to start playing rugby again.

  • alfonso.standaar - 2011-06-15 23:34

    I have just scrolled down and yip...typically ill-knowledge, anti-Habana and possibly drunken-watching rugby bloopers...hopefully all Blue Bull dumb heads... It is no doubt that Habana is an exceptional player, and all of your stinking comments are purely jealousy, envy and sadness that he left the dying Blue Bulls for the mighty Stormers. Habana is awesomely proficient in the new Stormers strategy, and watch out...he is yet to show the world again....He is still the greatest of wingers currently in the world. Bull's wings looked rather dull when compared to Habana's involvement in the last game. Thanks Habana...You still have millions of fans brother. Al

      GraemeBB - 2011-06-16 00:02

      @Al - the problem is that not just the dumb heads think he isnt worth it, but apparently Toulon niether. Although one should admire your loyalty, it seems to have made you blind for two seasons now. He has tried hard, but has lost his edge. And if you read these comments as often as I do, you will know that everyone has been wishing him back to form. BUT, he is not there!! The same goes for any player that doesnt shape. Spies has been ripped apart, and we all know that he can be brilliant, Dont take it so personally - Habana needs to play better, and that is the reality! If he regains his form, he will be praised. One can praise bad form - and that is Sport. Like it, dont like it - it will never change.

      Ace Ventura - 2011-06-16 11:24

      Alf, get yourself a TV, watch him play and then you try again.

  • Marcell - 2011-06-16 01:45

    Ja nee. Selfs logika het 'n prys. Dit is net so oor die 5 mil per drie wat hy gedruk het. Ek het gedink die WeePee sal 'n bydrae maak, net om ontslae te raak van hom. Nou verstaan ek ook hoekom hy so baie acting doen. Gedink dit gaan die prys verhoog. Gehoor daar is 'n paar NZ vleuels wat wel Frankryk toe gaan.

  • BLOODY AGENT - 2011-06-16 09:31

    Any team that want to take Habana in should insist on him paying at R1000 per game

      Ace Ventura - 2011-06-16 11:24

      Ha ha ha

  • wolverine - 2011-06-16 09:50

    die khoisan en sy afrigter moet noorde toe gaan,ons soek hulle nie in kaap

  • 420 - 2011-06-16 10:20

    R21 mil?? bwahahahahahahahaha R2 mil maybe.

  • bobbybobby - 2011-06-16 10:50

    the french are so racist!..shame poor hout kop hoop sy wit tert stuur hom ok en sy pa fok nog deals op ahahahaha jo ma!

  • BULLS BABE - 2011-06-16 12:20

    Sjoe, maar julle is vieslik, het nog nooit in my lewe sulke negatiewe, afbrekende kommentaar gelees nie. Word groot man, julle is besig om iemand met gevoelens so uitmekaar te skeur. As julle so goed is hoekom speel julle nie rugby nie. Sies man

      Ace Ventura - 2011-06-16 14:51

      Ons kan rugby speel as ons wil, maar ons weet ook wat ons werd is. Hiedie ou is op die oomblik pokkol werd nie en hy kan dit nie sien nie.

      GraemeBB - 2011-06-16 19:12

      @Bulls Babe - jy moet lees wat hulle van BB en ons "koie" se. Dit is maar net mekaar se siele uit trek. Niks erenstig nie. Moet dit nie te erenstig opneem nie.

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