Boudjellal wants Habana back from Boks
August 22, 2013
Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal has revealed he has contacted South Africa about having Bryan Habana available for their match against Grenoble on August 31.
Toulon travel to their fellow Top 14 rivals in 10 days time and will seek revenge after Greoble beat them 25-24 in the corresponding fixture last season. And to help their cause, Boudjellal has contacted the South Africa Rugby Union asking it to release Habana for his club duties that weekend.
Habana lined up for the Springboks in their Rugby Championship opener against Argentina last weekend and while he is playing this Saturday against the Pumas, the weekend of Toulon's match against Grenoble has no Championship fixtures scheduled so the Top 14 club are hoping he will be allowed to return to France. There has been no word as yet from the SARU on the matter.
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