ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
REGISTER
LOGIN
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
Thursday Jul 14, 2016

Bryan Habana misses out on Olympics as Springbok 7s final squad is picked

Rugby World Cup winner Bryan Habana has not made the cut for South Africa Sevens 12-man squad that will be heading to Brazil for the 2016 Rio Olympics next month. He is one of three Test capped fifteens players that didn’t make it.

Habana, Francois Hougaard and Ryan Kankowski all committed to playing Sevens for their country with the hope of being part of Team South Africa at the 2016 Olympic Games, but when the experienced squad of 12 players was announced today, their names were absent.

“My appreciation and gratitude for getting the opportunity to have been a part of the @blitzboks #RoadToRio far outweighs the disappointment of not making the final squad,” said Habana.

“I find myself incredibly fortunate to have become a part of a very special brotherhood, to have pushed myself further than what I had imagined in making the transition over to 7s being helped each and every step of the way by all the members of the squad and getting to experience just how much love these boys have for each other!”

Toulon teammate Quade Cooper also missed out, following his desire to play for Australia 7s.

HABANA’S FIRST EVER 7S TRY

Bok scrumhalf Hougaard however, has been included as one of two reserves, who will travel to Brazil as injury backup, but not stay with the team.

Kankowski, who was capped 20 times for the Springboks, never seemed to have enough time at 7s, and perhaps the same could be said of Habana in what is a fiercely competitive team, who ended the Sevens world series in second position, just ten points behind Fiji.

Another senior Springbok is in though, as midfielder Juan de Jongh, capped 14 times, will take up his place in the squad that is to be lead by Kyle Brown.

Stormers teammate Cheslin Kolbe has also made it, but coach Neil Powell mostly stuck to his regular Sevens stars. He said it was extremely difficult finalising the 12 players. 

“I could have picked three different teams and all would have been very competitive, but unfortunately, only 12 can go. We have named Francois Hougaard and Chris Dry as back-up players that will travel to Rio as well, but they will be staying outside the official village,” said Powell.
 
“We are not thinking medals, but rather on how to execute on our first match on day one of the tournament. We will focus on what we do well and that will hopefully bring the desired results.”

The Springbok Sevens Olympic team:
Kyle Brown (captain), Tim Agaba, Philip Snyman, Werner Kok, Dylan Sage, Kwagga Smith, Rosko Specman, Cheslin Kolbe, Cecil Afrika, Justin Geduld, Juan de Jongh, Seabelo Senatla. Travelling reserves: Chris Dry, Francois Hougaard.

Rio Olympics Sevens pools:
Pool A – Fiji, USA, Argentina, Brazil
Pool BSouth Africa, Australia, France, Spain
Pool C – New Zealand, Great Britain, Kenya, Japan

My appreciation and gratitude for getting the opportunity to have been a part of the @blitzboks #RoadToRio far outweighs the disappointment of not making the final squad. I find myself incredibly fortunate to have become a part of a very special brotherhood, to have pushed myself further than what I had imagined in making the transition over to 7s being helped each and every step of the way by all the members of the squad and getting to experience just how much love these boys have for each other! Their hard work, dedication, commitment and never say die attitude is immensely infectious and will stand them in good stead as they head over to Rio to challenge for that Gold medal. To Neil, his coaching staff and each member of the squad, thanks for allowing me the opportunity to have been so warmly welcomed back into the 7s family. To those players selected, keep on pushing each other as the final training weeks approach and go out there and express your talents to the best of your abilities! I’ll be your biggest supporter and cheering you on loudly from Toulon!!!

A photo posted by Bryan Habana (@bryanhabana_) on Jul 14, 2016 at 2:47am PDT

ADVERTISEMENT

Related Articles

  • 43 WEEKS AGO

    FIVE star players to watch out for in the...

  • 116 WEEKS AGO

    Part three of the award winning USA 7s documentary...

  • 156 WEEKS AGO

    Table topping Fiji fly past Australia to...



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Watch: Blues score two STUNNING tries against Queensland Reds

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Racing 92 know how play ‘GORGEOUS’ rugby

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Teddy Thomas rinses defence with BLISTERING pace

  • 6 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Every Ulster try scored in Europe this season..and it’s glorious!

  • 6 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Fijian Drua show RIDICULOUS skillset and can score from anywhere

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Fans outraged after shocking Owen Farrell moment

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Big Rugby Collision In South African Schools Match

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    WATCH: Sickening Shot Leaves Motionless

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Hardest hit of all time

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Duhan Van der Merwe makes INCREDIBLE try saving tackle

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Hooker scores masterful try

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Tadhg Furlong produces one of the best ever passes by a forward

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Hardest hit of all time

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Leicester Tigers respond to hilarious fan incident

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Thrilling clash between Munster and Toulouse settled by a place kick shootout

View All

Funnies

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    WATCH: First It Was BoJo Now It's ScoMo

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Dad and 7 sons in Ireland forward pack

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Shocking mistake by Brumbies fullback prevents a certain try

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Ellis Genge hits back at Brian Moore

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    Rugby was too violent, says UFC legend

View All

Amateur

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Watch: Epic Speech Epitomises Rugby Values

  • 6 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Epic touchline conversion from Tighthead seals the deal

  • 14 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Veteran props compared to Tadhg Furlong in new viral video

  • 81 WEEKS AGO

    Viral video of Scottish club brawl goes down a storm with rugby community

  • 118 WEEKS AGO

    RUGBYDUMP BLITZ: This Best of the Week round up is sure to entertain you

View All

Player Features

  • 1 DAY AGO

    James Haskell sends twitter into another meltdown

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Harlequins full-back to leave at the end of the season

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Fans shocked after some huge recalls in the England squad

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Huge opportunity for young prodigy

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    All Black World Cup winners teaming up in the USA

View All