SA Rugby has denied reports that Bryan Habana transgressed team protocol by staying out late last weekend.
According to Afrikaans newspaper Rapport, the Bok wing returned to the hotel at 1pm on Saturday morning, when all the players were required to have an early Friday night.
However, following an investigation into the matter by the Springbok management and SA Rugby, the conclusion was made that Habana did not transgress any team rules.
‘We view this in a very serious light and feel the report was based on hearsay and devoid of any truth. I spoke to Springbok coach Peter de Villiers and other members of the team management and they all assured me Bryan had done nothing wrong,’ said Andy Marinos, acting managing director of SA Rugby.
‘Members of SA Rugby staff as well as some journalists [who] were at the hotel saw Bryan return to the team hotel after dinner. It was between 22:30 and 22:45. I want to reiterate that Bryan did not transgress team protocols.’