Fresh from winning a league title, Springbok hooker Malcolm Marx has signed a new contract to extend his stay in Japan until after the 2023 World Cup.

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Marx, with former Stormers and Sharks lock Ruan Botha, claimed winner’s medals, as Australian flyhalf Bernard Foley guided Kubota Spears to a first Japan Rugby League One title with a clinical display in a 17-15 win against Wild Knights at Tokyo’s National Stadium.

The Spears, coached by Frans Ludeke, announced on Monday that both Foley and Marx had put pen to paper on new contracts that will run until the end of May 2025.

Marx first joined Kubota Spears in 2020 after initially moving to Japan by signing for the Shining Arcs, before the Covid-19 pandemic brought the season to an end.

The former Lions hooker is one of six players with South African roots in Kubota’s squad, including Botha, Schalk Erasmus, David Bulbring, Rikus Pretorius, Gerhard van den Heever and Japan-capped Pieter Labuschagne.

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