Habana on standby for Commonwealth Games
July 23, 2014
Bryan Habana could play in the Commonwealth Games © Getty Images
Bryan Habana is on standby for the Commonwealth Games as Toulon's decision to release him for South Africa duty came after the deadline for squad announcements.
Habana was picked in the original squad but was later withdrawn by Toulon. However, on Tuesday they announced he was free to play for South Africa though it came too late for him to be fast-tracked into the squad for Saturday's tournament.
He is now on standby. The statement from the South African Sports & Olympic Committee said: "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."
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