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WP, Liebenberg confirm Toulon move


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, WP on 27 Jun 2008 at 07:48
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Despite all his protestations to the contrary, it would appear that WP hooker Tiaan Liebenberg is off to France after all.

Liebenberg has become the umpteenth player in recent times to leave South African shores to accept a highly lucrative offer from Racing Club Toulonaise. The Southern French club, recently promoted to the top fourteen, is owned by billionaire Mourad Boudjellal and has shown in singing All Black starts Jerry Collins and Dan Carter that it is not shy to pay top dollar for the best talent.

Blue Bulls locks Vic Matfield and Francois van Schouwenburg have both recently returned from stints with Toulon, as has former Bok prop Lawrence Sephaka.

Liebenberg seems unhappy to be behind the lighter, yet more dynamic Schalk Brits in the pecking order at WP (and the Boks) and has been granted an early release from his provincial contract to accept a “very attractive package” from the RCT. His departure, although sanctioned by the WP management, will leave the team a little light in terms of hooking options, with neither Brits nor rookie Deon Fourie the sort of player to cause opposition tight fives any sleepless nights in the set pieces. Hanyani Shimange is, of course, still contracted to Province, yet appears to have disappeared off the scene.

Liebenberg will join fellow South Africans Wessel Roux and Nico Breedt in the Toulon pack. He may well, of course, find himself throwing the ball to Bakkies Botha come lineout time, should the big Bull be successful in his legal action against his current employers.



50 Comments

  • Any idea how long his contract is?

  • Comment 1, posted at 27.06.08 08:57:24 by molly Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 1) : no clue. Trying to translate various French news stories to see if I can work it out

  • Comment 2, posted at 27.06.08 09:12:57 by robdylan Reply
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  • He speaks good French, does Tiaan: “Je suis très excité à l’idée d’enrichir mon expérience de joueur. C’est une chance que je ne voulais pas laisser passer” :)

  • Comment 3, posted at 27.06.08 09:13:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • Good move on Liebenbergs part, cant say the same for Province though.

  • Comment 4, posted at 27.06.08 09:17:58 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Mr Admin i have a certain hooker in my FL team that i need to make away with

  • Comment 5, posted at 27.06.08 09:19:00 by PJLD Reply
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  • No great lose..many hookers left in SA , especially in Braamfontein :wink:

  • Comment 6, posted at 27.06.08 09:21:58 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

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  • @PJLD (Comment 5) : sorry pal… you pays your money and takes your chance ;)

  • Comment 7, posted at 27.06.08 09:24:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) :

    Pleeeeeeease Robd gotta make exceptions here… :cool: :wink:

  • Comment 8, posted at 27.06.08 09:45:26 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

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  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 6) :
    So thats why I saw Rassie in negotiations on the corner of Harrison and Smit streets the other night. From what was seen it seems as if he is heeding the call to bulk up the front row.

  • Comment 9, posted at 27.06.08 10:07:14 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 8) : You made your bed… :lol:

  • Comment 10, posted at 27.06.08 10:14:58 by blackshark Reply

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  • @PJLD (Comment 5) :

    I think I have him in my FL as well :mad:

  • Comment 11, posted at 27.06.08 10:16:45 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Gotta love Google Translate … :wink:

  • Comment 12, posted at 27.06.08 10:17:48 by blackshark Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 11) : That’s what you get for picking WP players… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 13, posted at 27.06.08 10:19:45 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 13) :
    @ internet cafe doing SB picks

  • Comment 14, posted at 27.06.08 10:20:36 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 14) : Also made my picks this morning… almost forgot… :oops:

  • Comment 15, posted at 27.06.08 10:27:58 by blackshark Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 9) :

    Rassie he knows all the good places to go looking for playas..

    Don’t forget dudes to make your bru picks I forgot last week so ya all have a head start..

  • Comment 16, posted at 27.06.08 10:39:06 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

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  • Why do players have to lie!??!

    I mean their Contracted team and the team they are negotiating with both know…so why lie!??!

    Jinne this world is filled with untrustworthy people…

  • Comment 17, posted at 27.06.08 10:55:34 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 17) :

    Especially sports people….

  • Comment 18, posted at 27.06.08 11:28:25 by Hmmm Reply

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  • Isn’t this the same player who said that he was 150% committed to Province?

    I think I’ve worked it out, it’s called the commitment/effort-honesty continuum.
    Like the space-time continuum, where if you travel through space at faster than the speed of light (100% of potential speed), then you start moving back in time.
    In the commitment/effort-honesty continuum, if say, Liebenberg says that he’s 150% committed, what he’s really saying is “I’m 100% committed, but there’s a 50% chance that I’m talking crap.”

    Clever chaps these sportsmen.

  • Comment 19, posted at 27.06.08 11:54:12 by Flashman Reply

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  • @Flashman (Comment 19) :

    :) very good theory…. worthy of Douglas Adams

  • Comment 20, posted at 27.06.08 11:57:53 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • Good hookers are always 150% committed to their current employer.

  • Comment 21, posted at 27.06.08 12:03:35 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 20) : I reckon it’s the other way around. He’s 50% committed & 100% chance he’s talking crap. :grin:

  • Comment 22, posted at 27.06.08 12:04:42 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • Salmonoid

    Imo it depends if they like handouts or not. Or should that be mouthfuls?

    :mrgreen:

  • Comment 23, posted at 27.06.08 12:06:37 by greatestpropeddieandrews Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 21) : Ah, that’s the punchline! Well done, I was wondering what it was.

  • Comment 24, posted at 27.06.08 12:09:25 by Flashman Reply

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  • @greatestpropeddieandrews (Comment 23) : What’s with the new nick?

  • Comment 25, posted at 27.06.08 12:12:41 by blackshark Reply

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  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 22) :

    True!

  • Comment 26, posted at 27.06.08 12:18:53 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • bs

    Do i really need to answer that??? :roll:

  • Comment 27, posted at 27.06.08 12:26:20 by greatestpropeddieandrews Reply
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  • @greatestpropeddieandrews (Comment 27) : Eddie Andrews, wasn’t he just the greatest. How we could use him now….. :lol:

  • Comment 28, posted at 27.06.08 12:37:05 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Well, we won the Tri Nations while he was at 3.

    A very underrated player…

  • Comment 29, posted at 27.06.08 12:43:53 by greatestpropeddieandrews Reply
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  • @greatestpropeddieandrews (Comment 27) : Yeah ! I’m still confused … :???:

  • Comment 30, posted at 27.06.08 13:00:37 by blackshark Reply

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  • @greatestpropeddieandrews (Comment 29) : Maybe in the eyes of a one-eyed WP supporter :wink:

  • Comment 31, posted at 27.06.08 13:01:45 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 31) : …and that one eye wears a thick lens too… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 32, posted at 27.06.08 13:19:53 by blackshark Reply

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  • :evil:

    Jou MA was daar!!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 33, posted at 27.06.08 13:30:28 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 33) : Oh…you’re back…

    I hope you won’t feed Daniel any of your biased opinions :lol:

  • Comment 34, posted at 27.06.08 13:33:25 by blackshark Reply

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  • Well, he will definitely be a Liverpool supporter!!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 35, posted at 27.06.08 13:37:27 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 33) :
    wpw, some dellusional individual is using your atavar/avatar/picture – let rob know that the security on this site is slipping.

  • Comment 36, posted at 27.06.08 13:40:34 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 35) : Hey…Liverpool is the greatest…that’s not a biased opinion…it’s a fact…so go ahead and teach him the words to YNWA.

    Did you get my work email address dude? EURO 08 is almost over and pre-season starts soon…can’t wait to see NEW SIGNINGS.

    Eish! I don’t know why they are bringing MAN UTD again for the Vodacom Cup !!! :mad:

  • Comment 37, posted at 27.06.08 13:43:28 by blackshark Reply

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  • Salmonoid

    Is he a Sharks supporter?

    You see, you mentioned delusional individual and i immediately thought…

  • Comment 38, posted at 27.06.08 13:45:17 by wpw Reply
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  • Imposter??? :mad:

  • Comment 39, posted at 27.06.08 13:45:36 by blackshark Reply

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  • bs

    One of my Manure buddies actually invited me to the game at Nuweland… the nerve!!! :evil:

  • Comment 40, posted at 27.06.08 13:46:22 by wpw Reply
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  • Maybe he thought it would be nice for you to see a team that actually wins stuff these days.

  • Comment 41, posted at 27.06.08 13:49:33 by PJLD Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 38) :
    No he is a Bulls supporter, he just doesnt want everyone to know it, he says it will affect the cult status he enjoys in Cape Town and surrounds.

  • Comment 42, posted at 27.06.08 13:50:38 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 40) : I might end up watching them vs Pirates at the Tank…but it’s not in the top half of my “to-do list”…

  • Comment 43, posted at 27.06.08 13:52:15 by blackshark Reply

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  • The former Super 14-winning mentor of the Bulls, Heyneke Meyer, is expected to be appointed as the new Leicester Tigers’ new head coach on Friday.

    From rugby365

  • Comment 44, posted at 27.06.08 14:02:38 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 44) : Good for him… :roll:

  • Comment 45, posted at 27.06.08 14:12:31 by blackshark Reply

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  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 44) : woohoo

  • Comment 46, posted at 27.06.08 14:14:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • rachel…

    So does this mean the Tigers will be reverting to 10-man ‘stampkar’ rugby???

  • Comment 47, posted at 27.06.08 14:16:49 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 47) : :)

  • Comment 48, posted at 27.06.08 15:11:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • I see it’s no Cassoulet for Bakkies, he’ll remain on pap & wors.

  • Comment 49, posted at 28.06.08 09:13:08 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • He lost his case. :roll:

  • Comment 50, posted at 28.06.08 09:13:32 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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