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Springbok star Manie Libbok commits to Stormers stay

Springbok World Cup winner Manie Libbok has made a big impression in the No 10 jersey over the last three years at the Stormers, and his contract extension will come as another big boost to the Cape side.

Libbok joins teammates Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu, Dan du Plessis, Ruben van Heerden and Evan Roos, who have also committed to the Stormers until 2027.

Manie Libbok has become a fan favourite at the Stormers

Director of Rugby John Dobson said that having Libbok in the squad for another three years is a huge boost.

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

“He has developed into a real leader in our group and is one of the key game-drivers for us, so to have him 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 he still has plenty of rugby ahead of him. We are thrilled that he will continue to do his thing in a Stormers jersey and hope to see him reach even greater heights here,” he said.

Meanwhile, Libbok said that he is looking forward to seeing what the Stormers can achieve over the next three years.

“Moving to the Stormers had a big positive impact on my career and I want to continue to grow my game here.

“It is amazing to be surrounded by teammates and coaches that have such an exciting vision for this team and that is something I definitely want to be part of,” he said.

Former captain returns ‘home’

In huge news last year it was confirmed that Steven Kitshoff will be coming home to Cape Town next season, having signed a two-year deal to return to the fold.

The powerful loosehead prop, who has 138 Stormers caps to his name, will return to Cape Town in July after being released from his current contract with Irish side Ulster.

The experienced 32-year-old led the Stormers to the United Rugby Championship title in 2022 and will return to the team he grew up supporting for the second time in his career, having spent three seasons with Bordeaux from 2015 to 2017.

An immensely popular figure in Cape Town and with Stormers supporters around the world, Kitshoff will add valuable leadership to the squad, on top of his considerable talents in the front row.

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