Liebenberg quits rugby


Springbok and DHL Western Province Stormers hooker, Tiaan Liebenberg, has announced that he will quit rugby, after struggling with injuries.

Liebenberg, who has been dealing with back injuries in this ABSA Currie Cup season, is reportedly moving back to Bloemfontein and join in his family’s business.

The 32-year-old started his rugby career with the Cell C Sharks in 2002 and moved to GWK Griquas the following year. He then moved to Western Province in 2006, where he participated in domestic rugby and he joined the Stormers in 2007, where he played in the Super Rugby.

He made his debut for the Boks in 2007, against the French Barbarians.

Liebenberg said that he has no regrets when it comes to his rugby career and he thanked everyone who supported him throughout the years.

"I owe praise to so many people for the impact they made on my career: Allister Coetzee, Matt Proudfoot, Robbie Fleck, Steph du Toit, Greg Hechter, Rassie Erasmus, André Markgraaff, Johan van Wyk, Jacques Nienaber, Gert Smal and Rob Wagner,” Liebenberg told Die Burger.

He also thanked his agent, Hilton Houghton, for his mentorship as well as Western Province Director of Rugby, Gert Smal and Chief Executive Officer of the Western Province, Rob Wagner, for backing him through his injury struggles.


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