Bryan Habana: between cups and weddings



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Bryan Habana: between cups and weddings

Bryan Habana was not only fast legs and desire to go to try. Years later, the Springboks player, who in the last part of his career in clubs wore the Toulon shirt, told a nice anecdote about his life. With an ideal time machine we came back to Sunday 19 April 2015: the Champions Cup semi-final is played at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille between Toulon and Leinster.

The game is very hard fought on the pitch and, as expected by everyone in the days before the race, there is a battle. Among the French champions there is also Bryan Habana, who, however, at the beginning of the dispute does not seem to be fully concentrated: the next day, in fact, the Springboks should be in his hometown for his brother's wedding, but despite having tickets in hand for air travel, he did not obtain permission to leave from President Mourad Boudjellal or the then head coach Bernard Laporte (today president of the French Rugby Federation).

Habana does not show the best performance, while the match sees the two teams practically equal. At the eightieth the score is nailed to 12-12: you go to extra time. Bryan Habana has a problem to solve: to end the game as soon as possible and to fly to his brother, and to do it, he knows only one way, to go to the try.

No sooner said than done. At 90 'comes on with an interception: intuition, snatch the ball and run in a desolate prairie of what remains of the defense of the Irish. It is the game that definitively breaks the balance and delivers the final to Toulon.

It closes on 25-20 and the party starts in Marseille. At the end of the game Habana and Laporte embrace each other: "Bernard, my brother's wedding?" the South African asks him, "Go ahead," the coach replies: "if necessary I will pay you the ticket."

CVC will acquire 14.5% of the Six Nations

Bernard Laporte has learned: CVC and the Six Nations will complete the negotiation. In fact, the investment fund will acquire 14.5% of the tournament. The vice chairman of World Rugby, who also chairs the French Federation, announced it on Sunday at the FFR general assembly.

The numbers of the deal are unclear, but according to Midi Olympique, the buy-in of investors should be around 450 million euros, and yield around 75 million euros in 5 years for France alone. The division of income, explained Laporte, will depend on the number of members of each of the six federations.

The agreement, according to the words of the president of the FFR, would have been in the finishing straight at the end of the 2020 edition of the tournament, but the interruption of the Six Nations and rugby in general would have led to a postponement of the conclusion of the agreement, which would therefore also have lost a small part of its value.

CVC, an investment fund based in Luxembourg, recently concluded the purchase also of a minority share of Pro14. In 2018 he did the same with the English Premiership.