Rugby World Cup winner Bryan Habana is in South Africa’s initial Olympics sevens squad
The squad of 19 will be trimmed down to 12 for the Olympic games in August
It will be the first time Rugby has been part of the Olympics since 1924
Rugby World Cup winner Bryan Habana is one of four 15-a-side international players in South Africa’s initial Olympics sevens squad.
Springboks Habana, Ryan Kankowski, Francois Hougaard and Juan de Jongh have been selected in a group of 19 to prepare for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
That squad will be trimmed down to 12 for the games in August, when rugby sevens returns to the Olympic roster.
Test centurion Habana though, is still involved in club duties with Toulon and will join the squad as soon as those commitments are served.
“Bryan is keen to be part of the group, but understands that his initial absence could count against him when I make my final selection,” said Powell.
“I accept his contractual commitments with Toulon, but also recognize his willingness to contest and contribute to the final squad, whether he makes it or not.”
Powell rewarded a number of players who helped the team to the podium in the World Series this year. The Blitzboks finished second, winning one tournament, contesting four finals and eight semifinals.