Libbok hoping to make Springbok Rugby World Cup squad

Libbok hoping to make Springbok Rugby World Cup squad

Springbok flyhalf Manie Libbok is desperate to make the Springbok squad Rugby World Cup squad.

The global showpiece is drawing ever closer and fringe players like Libbok are eager to prove their mettle and force their way into the final 33-strong squad heading to France to defend the William Webb Ellis trophy.

The Stormers playmaker has earned four caps for the Springboks, notably producing a dazzling performance against Italy in 2022's end-of-year tour.

"I just want to give it my all, put my best foot forward and try and make the World Cup squad," said the 26-year-old, as per

"Everyone knows only 33 players will make the final squad and we are getting closer to the selection.

"I haven't been to a World Cup, but it is something that we work towards as a group. That is the end goal. We can all just prepare for it."

Whether Libbok goes to France or not, the Humansdorp native is thoroughly enjoying sucking up the vast experience in the current Springbok camp.

"I get to work with world-class coaches and I have improved and I have acquired skills that I can take back to the Stormers," continued Libbok.

"Me and Damian [de Allende] play together at the Stormers and have played together since juniors, so we know each other quite well.

"Obviously Handre as well. He was at the Bulls at the time I was there and I played under Handre [Pollard] then. So we got to know each other very well. Since the Bulls days, I have learnt a lot from Handre.

"Willie [Le Roux] also helps me a lot in the Bok set-up with the game. He helps with my decision-making and to stay calm. I learn a lot from them as well as from coach [Mzwandile] Stick.

"Guys like Handre and Elton [Jantjies] have vast experience, and my focus is to learn as much as I can from them."