Sunday 25 February 2018

Stander's new deal a big boost for Munster

CJ Stander, Munster
CJ Stander, Munster
Mark McCall

CJ STANDER has committed his future to Munster and possibly Ireland by penning a new two-year deal that will see him stay at the province until 2016.

The powerful South African back-row has been limited to a bit-part role at the province this season despite some impressive cameos and was recently dropped to the 'A' side on the weekend of their Heineken Cup win over Edinburgh.

As reported in last week's Irish Independent, the highly rated Stander, who becomes Ireland-qualified in 2015, has met with the hierarchy at Munster regarding his lack of game time and is believed to have come away from the meeting encouraged by the feedback he received before signing on for two more years.

Hooker Duncan Casey has also committed his future to the province on the same time-frame.

MCCALL STAYING PUT AT SARACENS

MARK McCALL has signed a new deal with Saracens that will keep him with the London club until 2017.

The former Ireland centre has been director of rugby at the Heineken Cup quarter-finalists since 2010 and has guided his team to the top of the English Premiership twice, winning the play-offs in 2011.

Linked with the Ireland post when Declan Kidney's contract was not renewed last spring, the 46-year-old ruled himself out early but he is likely to be a front-runner whenever Joe Schmidt's term comes to an end.

Irish Independent

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