Keith Earls reveals the extent of CJ Stander's passion ahead of the Scotland game
Published 21/03/2016 | 10:00
Munster skipper CJ Stander has already endeared himself to Irish fans with his lung-bursting displays but is having a huge impact on his Irish team mates as well.
The South African-born flanker has seamlessly made the transition from club to international rugby and now looks like a vital cog in Joe Schmidt's side.
The 25-year-old even studied Youtube clips to learn how to sing the national anthem correctly, with the help of Donnacha Ryan.
His Munster team mate Keith Earls revealed just how highly motivated Stander was prior to the game with Scotland on Saturday evening.
"You’d swear he was born and raised in Limerick now, he loves the place and he’s really passionate about Munster and extremely passionate about playing for Ireland," Earls told the Irish Independent.
"He was in tears in the huddle and that motivates you to show what it means — when you see the reaction for another man to come in from another country to put on our jersey.
"He’s just a passionate man, he puts himself on the line 100 per cent, no matter what he’s going to do.
"He’s delighted with the way Irish people have taken to him and he wants to repay them."