Manie lives in the Cape

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Manie Libbok has extended his contract with the Stormers. The 26-year-old flyhalf will now play his rugby at the DHL stadium until 2027.

The news made John Dobson smile broadly.

“Manie is one of the best players in his position worldwide, while his game also fits our approach like a glove. He is one of the leaders in the group and it is fantastic to have him part of the set-up for another three years,” said the Stormers’ director of rugby.

For his part, Libbok is excited about what the next chapters with the Capetians hold.

“The move to the Stormers had a positive influence on my career and I want to continue to develop my game here. My teammates and coaches have an incredible vision for the team and I definitely want to be a part of it,” he said.

Libbok was at his best in the Stormers’ recent win against Connacht in Galway.

His great run early in the second half sent a flying Angelo Davids over the goal line, while his set-piece sight was also set.

Successful penalty kicks in the 67th and 72nd minutes of the clash played a decisive role in the Stormers’ success and he was named the player of the match.

Dobson has also previously mentioned that he is using his opportunistic no. 10-player preferred over a more reliable flyhalf.

“Yes, he has made mistakes, but hey, he definitely makes things happen on the field and that is very important in a rugby match. It is probably safer to use a more robotic no. 10 player, but for the type of game we want to serve up, Manie is undoubtedly the right person for the job.”