Double European Cup winner Bryan Habana is predicting an invasion of rugby fans into Marseille for European Rugby Finals Weekend next May.
The former RC Toulon wing, who won Europe’s elite club competition in 2014 and 2015, knows how attractive the French city can be at that time of year, as well as the importance of the Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup to the continent’s rugby supporters.
“Summer time in the South of France is going to see a lot of supporters from around Europe coming down and watching what is the biggest spectacle in European rugby,” said the South African international, who is now a TV pundit for Channel 4.
“I’ve had some pretty epic games in Marseille, thinking back to 2007 in the World Cup against Fiji and the brilliant game against Leinster in 2015, when I managed to get that intercept try, which guided us to the Champions Cup final.”
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The 67,394-capacity Stade de Marseille, France’s second largest stadium, will host the Heineken Champions Cup and the Challenge Cup finals on May 23 and 22 respectively, and at present Habana believes defending champions Saracens will be difficult to stop in the Champions Cup.
“The way Saracens are going at the moment, they are definitely the team that everyone is going to want to beat,” he said.
“What they have created in the last four or five years in terms of legacy has been exceptional and they are going for the double again.
“They are going to be the team with a target on their back, but you look at Leinster’s consistency and Toulouse, who play some outrageous rugby.
“This is the premier competition in world rugby at the minute and it is the one that everyone wants to be playing in.”
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