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CJ Stander
CJ Stander

Senior Debut:  v Scarlets, November 2012, Musgrave Park

Heineken Cup Debut:  v Edinburgh, October 2013, Murrayfield

Previous Club: Blue Bulls

International Honours:  South Africa Schools; South Africa U20s

Twitter:  @CJStander

Stander joined Munster in October 2012 on a two year contract, making the move from Super 15 side the Blue Bulls in South Africa. 

The back-row forward has captained the Blue Bulls at U19 and U21 level as well as South Africa at School and U20s level.

He scored two tries on his first start against Glasgow Warriors at Thomond Park in December 2012 and repeated the feat at the start of the 2013/14 season with a double against Zebre in Italy.

Made his Heineken Cup debut against Edinburgh in Murrayfield in October 2013 and signed a two year contract extension in January that will see him remain with the province until at least June 2016. 

Named man of the match in the game against Zebre at Musgrave Park in February 2014.

A blistering start to Season 14/15 saw him score three tries in the opening two games against Edinburgh and Benetton Treviso, and the backrow powerhouse went on to pick up 4 man of the match awards before sustaining a knee injury against Saracens at the Allianz Park in January.

Continued where he left off on his return from injury, going on to win a total of seven man of the match awards in 2014/15.

Was named the 2015 Munster Rugby Player of the Year in April, becoming the first overseas player to be awarded the accolade, and was included in the 2014/15 PRO12 Dream Team.

With Squad Captain Peter O'Mahony ruled out of action during the 2015 Rugby World Cup CJ was appointed the Munster captaincy in his place in November.

In early December the South African powerhouse signed a two-year contract extension that will see him remain with the province until at least June 2018.

Stander became eligible to play for Ireland at the end of October and was selected for Ireland's 6 Nations squad marking his debut against Wales with a man of the match performance at the Aviva in February 2016.  Went on to start every game of the campaign, scoring his first intnernational try against Italy.

Finished the season as the IRUPA Players' Player of the Year and the Supporters' Player of the Year, and in doing so, became the first ever player to receive the double-honour in the same year.

He became the first player to claim the Munster Rugby Player of the Year award for the second year in succession in May 2016 after scoring seven tries in 21 appearances, and captaining the side on 18 occasions. He also picked up four man of the match awards during the season, and was again named in the PRO12 Dream Team.  Shared the spoils with Mike Shery and Simon Zebo fir season's top try scorer.

Was selected for Ireland's tour of South Africa in June, and started against his native country in the first test but disappointingly picked up his first red card of his career when attempting to block down a Pat Lambie kick and was forced to make an early exit after 23 minutes.  Picked up a further one-week suspension following a disciplinary hearing and was not available for Ireland's 2nd test game.

DOB5th Apr 1990
BirthplaceGeorge, S Africa
Height1.85 m (6' 1")
Weight114 kg (17 st 13 lb)
PositionBack Row
HonoursIreland (7 caps)
Latest Player News
Date Opposition Tries Conv DG Pen YC RC Pts Mins
13/12/2013
Plymouth Albion
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5
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18/01/2014
Stirling County
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2013-2014 - British and Irish Cup
Munster A
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2013-2014 Total

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2012-2013 - British and Irish Cup
Munster A
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5
2012-2013 Total

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5
Total - British and Irish Cup

6
3



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15
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6
3
0
0
0
1
0
15
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