Ultimatum for Habana

SOUTH African winger now playing for Toulon, Bryan Habana may not be in coach, Neil Powell’s Olympic team if he doesn’t make it to a three-week training camp after the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

“We need to go and sit after this and see whether he can make it to the Olympics,” Powell said.

“He’s still got his obligation with Toulon, hopefully we can get him free. But if he can’t join us for our first three-week camp then unfortunately we cannot select him because he needs to be at that camp.

“It’s definitely a challenge for all the unions in countries to get player releases especially from overseas clubs.

“The local unions have been good to us in releasing players like Cheslin Kolbe and Juan Leon de Jongh who play for the Stormers club. Unfortunately, we do not have the time to test when it comes to overseas clubs. Toulon had released Bryan for Vegas and Vancouver and we are grateful for that,” Powell said.

Powell was happy with his team’s performance after the pool matches on Saturday, the second day of the HSBC Paris 7s.

“It was our goal to finish top of our pool and we did that with a great game against Australia. There’s still a long way to go, we will go back (to the hotel) and it’s all over again tomorrow morning (Sunday Paris time),” he said.

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