Munster have confirmed that CJ Stander has signed a new two year deal with the southern province. The South African born number 8, who qualifies to play internationally with Ireland, has undoubtedly been Munster’s standout performer this season.
This comes as a huge boost to both Munster and Ireland, and many are hopeful that Joe Schmidt will start Stander in the Six Nations.
Speaking to Munster’s official website, the 25 year-old spoke of his delight at signing a deal which will see him remain with the side until 2018.
“I am delighted to be committing my future to Munster Rugby. This is very much home for me and it is a huge honour to represent the red jersey every week. I look forward to continuing my journey with the team and supporters.”
Head coach Anthony Foley was also clearly over the moon.
“Getting this news at this stage of the seasons is a great boost for the squad. In securing the services of CJ for a further two years we are holding on to a key player within our group, one that gives everything to the jersey each week. At such a young age he has shown his leadership qualities on and off the field and we know there is still more to come so we look forward to working with CJ in to the future.”
Brilliant news for the Thomond Park faithful this evening.
— C J Stander (@CJStander) December 1, 2015