Thursday 22 March 2018

Stander and Casey pen new deals with Munster

Munster's CJ Stander
Munster's CJ Stander

Duncan Casey and CJ Stander have both signed two-year contract extensions that will see them stay with the province and the IRFU until June 2016.

They follow teammates Donncha Ryan, Conor Murray, Keith Earls and Paul O’Connell in extending their stay at the province and will be welcome news for coach Rob Penney.

Stander joined Munster in October 2012 from Super Rugby side the Blue Bulls and made his debut as a substitute against Scarlets that November at Musgrave Park and made his Heineken Cup debut against Edinburgh last October in Murrayfield. To date he has played 22 times for Munster scoring six tries.

Cork native Casey is a product of the Munster Rugby academy and is currently contracted as a development hooker. The 23 year old will move to a full senior contract at the end of this season on the back of impressive breakthrough performances this year.

"We've had a really positive start to 2014 with players committing their future to Munster Rugby and I believe this spurs the younger lads on, knowing what is ahead of them and who will be leading the way,” Penney said today.

"We are extremely pleased with CJ's progress, it's great that he has recommitted to Munster and that he believes this is the best place for his development.

“Similarly for Duncan, it bodes well for the future, and his progression is another example of the hard-work that is being carried out at grassroots level."

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