Springboks: Manie Libbok makes decision on future amid foreign interest – Planet Rugby

Springboks: Manie Libbok makes decision on future amid foreign interest – Planet Rugby

The Stormers have secured the services of another crucial star, with flyhalf Manie Libbok signing a new deal with the Cape Town-based team.

After struggling for a starting spot with the Bulls and Sharks during his previous career, Libbok has been a revelation for the Stormers and cemented his place in the starting XV, guiding the team to United Rugby Championship success in 2022.

His performance in URC’s first season earned him international recognition, as he made his Test debut for the Springboks against France and maintained his place in the team, earning selection for the 2023 World Cup.

The playmaker featured in the quarter and semi-finals of the tournament as the Springboks defended their title and has since shone again for the Stormers in the URC and Champions Cup.

Libbok signs again

After rejecting offers in France at the end of last season, Libbok again ignored the temptation to travel abroad and signed a contract extension with the Stormers until 2027.

His new commitment to the Stormers is another big boost for the team ahead of the 2024/25 season, with Steven Kitshoff and JD Schickerling returning to the team.

Meanwhile, Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu, Dan du Plessis, Ruben van Heerden and Evan Roos have also signed with the team until 2027.

Pleased by his flyhalf’s decision to remain in Cape Town, Stormers head coach John Dobson praised the playmaker, calling him “one of the best players in the world”.

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“Manie is one of the best players in the world at his position, but more than that, he adapts to our game model and understands how we want to play so well,” Dobson said.

“He has become a real leader in our group and is one of the key drivers for us, so to have him as part of this growing group that has committed until 2027 is fantastic.

“We have all seen what he can do at our level and on the international stage and at 26 years old he still has a lot of rugby ahead of him. “We are delighted that he will continue to do his thing in a DHL Stormers jersey and look forward to seeing him reach even greater heights here.”

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Libbok finished the last two seasons as URC’s leading points scorer and was crowned URC Fans’ Player of the Season in 2022/23.

Looking ahead after signing an extension, Libbok is eager to see what the Stormers can achieve.

“Moving to DHL Stormers had a huge positive impact on my career and I want to continue to grow my game here,” he said.

“It’s amazing to be surrounded by teammates and coaches who have such an exciting vision for this team and that’s something I definitely want to be a part of.”

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