Springbok star Libbok turns down French move

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Springbok flyhalf Manie Libbok,

Springbok flyhalf Manie Libbok has opted to extend his contract with the Stormers in Cape Town, declining an opportunity to pursue his career in France, where Racing 92 had expressed interest in him as a potential replacement for Finn Russell.

Despite having only one year remaining on his current contract with Western Province Rugby, which would have concluded in 2024, Libbok’s decision highlights his strong dedication to the Stormers and the promising future that lies ahead with the team.

Looking back on his experience within the Springbok set-up, Libbok recalled feeling nervous when first joining the camp. However, he expressed how he has now become more at ease and familiar with the environment, coaches, and his experienced teammates, including Handré Pollard, Elton Jantjies, and Willie le Roux.

This growth and confidence in his role have further solidified his commitment to the Stormers and his enthusiasm for the upcoming opportunities with the team. Working with exceptional coaches has been a privilege, significantly contributing to my growth as a player and enhancing my skill set, which I can later apply at the Stormers.

Having played alongside Damian at the Stormers since our junior days, we share a profound understanding of each other’s playing styles. Likewise, during our time at the Bulls, I had the opportunity to be on the field with Handre, and his expertise as a mentor has been immensely beneficial. I have learned a great deal from him.

Furthermore, Willie has played a pivotal role within the Springbok set-up, providing valuable guidance in improving my decision-making abilities and maintaining composure during matches. The knowledge I gain from these experienced players, as well as Coach [Mzwandile] Stick, holds immense value in my development as a player.


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