Springbok Bryan Habana joins Toulon
Last Updated: January 12, 2013 1:41pm
Bryan Habana: Moving to France
South Africa wing Bryan Habana has signed for Top 14 team Toulon.
The 29-year-old, who has scored 47 tries in 83 internationals, confirmed on the Stormers' website that he will join the big-spending French outfit at the end of this year's Super Rugby season.
Habana will link up with former Springbok internationals Bakkies Botha and Joe van Niekerk as well as the likes of Jonny Wilkinson and Matt Giteau.
"I would like to thank everyone at Western Province for their support throughout my stay in Cape Town," Habana told the website.
"I've had three great seasons in the Cape thus far, and I am looking forward to finishing off on a high before taking on a new challenge overseas."
Habana, a former IRB Player of the Year, will still be available to play international rugby after moving from the Stormers to France.
"Playing for the Boks is a huge part of my life and I would never turn my back on my country," he added.
"I will never stop giving 100% on the field for any team I play for, and if the Springbok coach picks me, I will be there."
He continued: "It's a wrench to leave my home, even if only for a short while, but the chance to test myself against different opposition in a new environment was difficult to turn down.
"Rugby Club Toulonnais has an incredible pedigree and some phenomenal players, and working with everyone there is going to help me improve my game."
Habana is currently recovering from a knee injury, and he said: "The rehabilitation has gone well and I haven't experienced any complications at all.
"We are back at pre-season training now, and I am looking forward to putting in some serious work to get myself back up to speed ahead of the new season."