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Habana bids farewell

Habana is moving to France on a lucrative three-year deal with Toulon.

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JOHANNESBURG - Bryan Habana has bid farewell to Super Rugby and to Newlands as a Stormers player on Saturday, but he hopes to be back in South Africa soon wearing the green and gold jersey.

He will move to France on a lucrative three-year deal with Toulon when the season starts in the Northern Hemisphere.

The IRB World Player of the Year in 2007 will be brought his illustrious career in Super Rugby to a close when he helped his Stormers side defeat the Vodacom Bulls.

Habana spoke to Talk Radio 702's Cynthia Chaka about his plans for the future.

Habana said it was surreal because when he made the decision to move to France seven months ago he didn't think time would move so fast.

"I'm so proud of how the Stormers ended the season and apart from winning the trophy it was an amazing time to end my tenure as a South African player and hopefully my commitment on the field will be remembered for a long time."

Listeners called in to the show to wish Habana well and he also expressed his gratitude and said he was blessed.

"I think I've been blessed with an amazing talent from God and I'm so thankful and hopefully I can give it my all in France."

Habana said his decision to move happened last year when he was in London to watch the Springboks play against England.

He adds he received a call from Bernard Laporte who wanted to meet "and chat about me moving to Toulon."

Asked if he will be under pressure to perform well Habana said, "If I didn't believe I could go there to contribute the team's success I wouldn't have made the decision to go there.

"There is lots of expectation but you try to take it day by day and as a player I go there with goals."

Habana, who is also the Laureus Foundation for Good Sport Ambassador, says "it's a great honour and privilege to be part of the foundation."

"When Madiba opened the academy in 2001 he said 'sport has this great ability to unite people and inspire hope where there once was none."

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