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Habana gracious after Olympic snub

Bryan Habana has expressed his gratitude for being offered the chance to play a role in South Africa's journey to the rugby sevens at Rio 2016, despite missing out on a place in the final squad.

In February, Habana was given permission by his club, Toulon, to switch to sevens in an attempt to earn a spot at the upcoming Olympic Games with the Blitzboks.

Despite failing to do so, the legendary 33-year-old winger wished his compatriots well for the competition in Rio and 

"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," Habana wrote on Instagram.

"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!

 

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"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 [head coach] Neil [Powell], 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!"

World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year Werner Kok has been included by Powell despite missing the 2015-16 series with a knee injury, while 14-time Springbok centre Juan de Jongh made the cut.