Liebenberg helping out Cheetahs

Date published: January 22 2016

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Former hooker Tiaan Liebenberg has been spotted at the Cheetahs training camps as he looks to get himself fit again and impart knowledge onto the squad.

While the 34-year-old has indicated he would like to get back in shape and play Super Rugby again, his short-term goal is to mentor the Cheetahs hookers before the arduous season. 

"At this stage all my focus is on getting the six hookers that are here as well equipped as possible for the Super Rugby," the former Springbok told Sport24.

"I'm here out of my own will. I asked if I could come help and come learn and this is where we are at now."

Cheetahs head coach Franco Smith has welcomed the Stormers stalwart into the fold, though he admits that he is only involved currently in a consultancy role at the moment.

"Tiaan is very interested to be involved in rugby again," said Smith. 

"Whether that is as a player or in a coaching capacity, he wants to equip himself again.

"He stays in Bloemfontein and he has a lot of experience, and at the moment he has joined us to see what we are doing, but there is currently no thought of playing him. 

"He just wants to be involved and make a difference. At this stage we are happy to tap into his experience, he is, after all, a good friend of Cheetah rugby."

On Liebenberg's chances of rekindling his career, Smith said he admired his work ethic in training so far.

"He is 34 years old and he hasn't played for a long time, but he is realistic of his chances – he is training extremely hard and it is up to him to decide for himself if he wants to give it a go," he added. 

The Cheetahs open their 2016 Super Rugby season against the Jaguares on February 26.

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