Friday 30 September 2016

CJ Stander admits intention to disappoint dad and pursue future with Ireland

Published 03/05/2015 | 13:55

CJ Stander, alongside his wife Jean-Marie, receives his Munster Player of the Year trophy at yesterday’s Munster Rugby Awards in Maryborough Hotel, Cork INPHO
CJ Stander, alongside his wife Jean-Marie, receives his Munster Player of the Year trophy at yesterday’s Munster Rugby Awards in Maryborough Hotel, Cork INPHO

Munster back row CJ Stander is hoping to force his way into Joe Schmidt's plans for next year's Six Nations after admitting that he will upset many people in his native South Africa and play for Ireland.

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The hard-running blindside was named Munster's Player of the Year after scoring eight tries in 17 appearances this season and is hoping that his form will be noticed by Schmidt and his backroom team.

The 25-year-old captained the Springboks' U20 side but will qualify for Ireland on residency grounds in late October.

It will come too late for the World Cup but Stander is hoping to get into the green jersey in 2016.

"I will have to decide [between Ireland and South Africa] but I think I have set my sights on Ireland and I think that is what I'm going to pursue," he explained.

"I think there will probably be a few people on my back about that, even my Dad, but I think I am going to pursue the Irish team, so hopefully it works out."

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