Springbok and Stormers wing Bryan Habana will join Toulon after Super Rugby.
The 29-year-old has agreed a three-year deal with the French Top 14 club. He will depart to France following the Stormers’ Super Rugby campaign.
‘I’d like to thank everyone at Western Province for their support throughout my stay in Cape Town,’ he said. ‘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.
‘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. Toulon has an incredible pedigree and some phenomenal players and working with everyone there is going to help me improve my game – and hopefully I can bring something new to the team there as well.’
WP CEO Rob Wagner commented: ‘As sad as it is knowing that Bryan will be leaving us after this year’s Super Rugby season, he does so with our blessing and we would like to thank him for his contribution to the Western Province and Stormers teams over the past three years.
‘We would like to wish Bryan and his wife everything of the best for their new chapter abroad, but we also look forward to him giving his all for the Stormers during the 2013 Super Rugby season.’
Habana added that he’d still make himself available for Springbok selection.
‘Playing for the Boks is a huge part of my life and I would never turn my back on my country,’ he said. ‘I’ll never stop giving 100% on the field for any team I play for and if the Springbok coach picks me, I’ll be there.’
Habana boasts 83 Test caps and is South Africa’s all-time top try-scorer with 47. He will join fellow South Africans Bakkies Botha, Danie Rossouw, and Joe van Niekerk at Toulon.