Tue 17 Jan 2023 | 11:34

Malherbe decides his playing future

Malherbe decides his playing future
Tue 17 Jan 2023 | 11:34
Malherbe decides his playing future
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NEWS: Experienced tighthead prop Frans Malherbe has signed a three-year contract extension with the Stormers.

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The World Cup winner has only ever played for one franchise in his professional career and will continue to add to his 126 Stormers caps over the next three years.

A proud product of the Western Cape, Malherbe came through the junior ranks, representing Western Province at Under-16, U18 and U19 level before making his Stormers debut as a 20-year-old in 2011.

Since then he has established himself as one of the most respected front row forces in rugby, who has delivered consistent world-class performances for both the Stormers and Springboks.

While he is renowned as one of the best there is at scrum-time, Malherbe also offers considerable value in his positional play, defensive nous and general rugby intelligence.

After representing the Stormers for over a decade, Malherbe played a key role in the team’s victory in the inaugural United Rugby Championship last season.

Stormers head coach John Dobson said that having a player of Malherbe’s class remain loyal to the team is hugely significant.

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“Frans embodies what we would like this team to be all about. He is already a Stormers legend and will only add to that in the years to come.

“He is a world-class player who adds so much more to our cause than just what he does on the field.

“He will play a vital role in inspiring and showing the next generation what it means to be a true Stormers man,” he said.

Malherbe said that he is excited about what the next three years hold for the team.

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“I am very happy to be staying in Cape Town and playing for the Stormers.

“The team environment here is very positive and I want to contribute to building on that and doing whatever I can to help the team continue improving,” he said.

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