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    Sharks edge closer to landing Bulls pivot Libbok

    2020-05-03 10:48

    Bulls flyhalf Manie Libbok is on his way to Durban to become a Shark

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    Sport24 understands that while the deal has not been finalised, talks are at an advanced stage and expected to be wrapped up soon. 

    The 22-year-old is considered one of the brightest young prospects in South African rugby, but he has been behind Morne Steyn in the Loftus Versfeld pecking order in 2020. 

    With Jake White now at the helm at the Bulls as the new Director of Rugby, the decision was taken for Libbok to be let go. 

    While rugby is at a standstill presently given the nationwide lockdown and the ongoing fight against the coronavirus, the Currie Cup this year, which could take place between August and October, could realistically be the next playing action. 

    If the deal goes ahead smoothly as is expected, then Libbok would be available for that competition. 

    Libbok is a versatile player who can play flyhalf and fullback, but the Sharks are understood to be particularly interested in him serving as fullback cover for the in-form Aphelele Fassi, who is expected to be included in the Springbok mix when rugby does resume. 

    The Sharks currently have an abundance of options at No 10 with Curwin Bosch, Boeta Chamberlain as well as ex-Maties flyhalf Jordan Chait and 2019 SA Schools star Kian Meadon on their books.

    - Compiled by Lloyd Burnard

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