Mannie Libbok and Verna-Lee

Mannie Libbok and Verna-Lee. Image credit: X @ManieLibbok

High school swearthearts: Manie Libbok and Verna-Lee’s love story

We take a trip down memory lane to look at Verna-Lee Arries and Manie Libbok’s beautiful love story from high school to engagement.

Mannie Libbok and Verna-Lee

Mannie Libbok and Verna-Lee. Image credit: X @ManieLibbok

Earlier in 2023, Verna-Lee Arries said “yes” when Springbok star, Manie Libbok got down on one knee and asked to marry her. For South Africans, this was a joyous moment worth celebrating but for the lovers, it was a moment that was written in the stars.

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Manie Libbok and Verna-Lee Arries have been together for nearly seven years but it seems as if they are ready to be together for life. The lovers have enjoyed a beautiful journey ever since they met in high school and now they are preparing for their next big chapter: Walking down the aisle. From shared interests, to a chance meeting, here’s Manie and Verna-Lee’s beautiful love story.

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The two lovebirds met at Outeniqua High School where Manie Libbok joined as a shy, soft-spoke Grade 11 with plenty of talent and skill. According to Verna-Lee, she actually initiated the conversation because he was a bit quiet!

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Speaking to Insider SA, she revealed, “We were in the same business class and that’s where we met. He was very shy and quiet and I’m very bubbly so I was the first one talking to him,”

Meanwhile, for Manie, it was love at first sight. He said, “She caught my eye from the word go, to be honest. I just wanted to be close to her.”


The two lead a relatively private life. Verna-Lee explained how she deals with the spotlight when she said, “Being a girlfriend of a Stomers rugby player is quite normal to me, I love my normal life. But obviously we’re in the limelight and you have to get used to a lot of stuff, especially the media,”

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Of course the one bit of news that they couldn’t keep out of the public eye came when they announced their engagement earlier this year. Manie Libbok and Verna-Lee Arries will now be preparing for their upcoming wedding and one can be sure it will also make big news when they walk down the aisle.