Habana to tour with Stormers

Date published: April 15 2013

Springbok wing Bryan Habana will be available for the Stormers' to Australasia after being out for more than a month through injury.

Springbok wing Bryan Habana will be available for the Stormers' four-game tour to Australasia after being sidelined for more than a month with a knee injury.

Habana will have another two weeks to recover fully from a torn left knee ligament before the Stormers begin the tour against the Hurricanes at Wellington on April 26.

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee confirmed that Habana will “definitely” be available. Hooker Scara Ntubeni and loose forward Rynhardt Elstadt will also be fit enough to travel.

Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth, fly-half Elton Jantjies and wing Gerhard van den Heever are still doubtful for the Cape Town team, who where without 13 players for Saturday's victory over the Sharks.

Early-season injuries have contributed to the Stormers' poor start this season. Hooker Tiaan Liebenberg (elbow), prop Deon Carstens (back), lock Ruan Botha (ankle) and fly-half Peter Grant (ankle) are all still sidelined.

Springbok flanker Schalk Burger was released from hospital last week to recover from bacterial meningitis at home, but it's unclear if the 30-year-old Stormers captain will play this season having been out for more than a year by knee and calf injuries before he contracted the infection.

The Stormers, last year's semi-finalists, are 11th of 15 teams and just five points ahead of newcomers the Southern Kings, the lowest-placed South African team in Super Rugby.

South Africa's bottom team will face a promotion-relegation playoff, and while that was always expected to be the Kings, their positive tour to Australia and New Zealand has closed the gap on the Stormers.

The Stormers also play New Zealand's Blues and Australia's New South Wales and Melbourne on tour following a bye this weekend.