South African rugby fans received exciting news as Manie Libbok, the talented Springbok flyhalf, extended his contract with the Stormers and turned down an opportunity to play in France. The 26-year-old was reportedly sought after by French club Racing 92 as a replacement for Finn Russell, but Libbok chose to remain in Cape Town and commit his future to the Stormers until 2027.
This announcement comes as Russell himself prepares to join English club Bath after the upcoming World Cup. Libbok, on the other hand, had one year left on his current contract with Western Province Rugby, which was set to end in 2024. However, he decided to extend his stay and continue playing for the Stormers.
In a recent interview, Libbok spoke about his experience in the Springbok set-up and working alongside established players such as Handré Pollard, Elton Jantjies, Damian Willemse, and Willie le Roux. He admitted to feeling nervous when initially entering the Springbok camp but expressed his growing comfort within the squad.
Libbok also highlighted the valuable lessons he has learned from experienced players like Pollard and Jantjies. As he aims to make the final World Cup squad, Libbok is putting in all his effort to have the opportunity to represent South Africa on the biggest stage in rugby. Rugby enthusiasts across the nation eagerly anticipate the squad announcement by Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber, scheduled for August 8.
This decision by Libbok to turn down an offer from France and extend his contract with the Stormers showcases his dedication to South African rugby. Forever Sports Online will continue to follow his journey and provide updates on his progress as he strives to achieve his goal of representing his country at the World Cup.
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