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Habana curfew rumours quashed by SA Rugby

South Africa Rugby have dismissed reports winger Bryan Habana broke the team's curfew on the morning of the Springboks' 28-19 win over New Zealand on Saturday.

South Africa Rugby have dismissed reports winger Bryan Habana broke the team's curfew on the morning of the Springboks' 28-19 win over New Zealand on Saturday. A Sunday newspaper in South Africa reported Habana did not return to the team hotel in Bloemfontein until 1am after a team dinner. That report has since been rubbished by SA Rugby as "devoid of any truth" after they conducted an investigation that found he had returned more than two hours earlier than reported. "We view this in a very serious light and feel the report was based on hearsay and devoid of any truth," said acting managing director of SA Rugby Andy Marinos. "I spoke to Springbok coach Peter de Villiers and other members of the team management and they all assured me Bryan had done nothing wrong. "Members of SA Rugby staff, as well as some journalists who were at the hotel, saw Bryan return to the team hotel after dinner. It was between 10.30pm and 10.45pm. "I want to reiterate that Bryan did not transgress team protocols." Marinos added the report was an unwanted distraction for the Springboks, who are preparing for the second of their back-to-back matches against the All Blacks in Durban. "This malicious report takes away some of the gloss from the Springboks' marvellous Vodacom Tri-Nations victory over the All Blacks in Bloemfontein and we are looking forward to another good performance from the Boks in the Absa Stadium Durban on Saturday," he said. * PA Sport