Having recently secured the services of Peter O’Mahony and Tadhg Furlong for both club and country until 2021, Munster and the IRFU have just announced that CJ Stander has also signed a three-year contract extension.
With reports circulating that CJ Stander had been offered a mind-bending €840,000 to join Montpellier in the Top 14, Munster fans were beginning to fear the departure of their South African fan favourite.
However, on Thursday morning, news broke that the 27-year-old had put pen to paper on a new deal with Munster and the IRFU and will remain with the Irish province until 2021.
Breaking: @CJStander signs 3 year IRFU contract to stay with @Munsterrugby “My wife and I took a leap of faith and have made a lot of sacrifices to be here but it has all been worthwhile especially given how much of a privilege it is to wear the Munster and Ireland jerseys.” pic.twitter.com/riLdqxPg6a
— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) December 21, 2017
A proud Munster and Ireland rugby player – no talks with any other club. Here to stay for three more years!@CJStander has signed a three-year IRFU contract to remain at Munster until June 2021.
— Munster Rugby (@Munsterrugby) December 21, 2017
Speaking about the new deal, Stander stated that it was a privilege to wear the red of Munster and the green of Ireland and that he was delighted to have signed a new deal with the IRFU.
“Following a lot of speculation and unfounded articles in the media, I am delighted to announce that I have signed a new three-year contract with the IRFU through to 2021.
“My intention was always to stay with Munster and Ireland throughout this process having settled well in Limerick with my wife and within the Munster family.
“The coaching setup, ethos and work ethic within both camps is tremendous and I’m very excited at the prospect of playing my part in achieving great things through hard work and determination with both squads.
“My wife and I took a leap of faith and have made a lot of sacrifices to be here but it has all been worthwhile especially given how much of a privilege it is to wear the Munster and Ireland jerseys when given that responsibility. Ireland is a special country in which to live and play rugby and I’m fully aware of that.
“The Munster and Ireland fans have been fantastic to us since we arrived and my continued focus will be to do my best for them and both teams when called upon.” – CJ Stander speaking with Munster Rugby.
Check out some of the elated reaction to the news below;
Well done Irish rugby. Can’t have been easy with all the money vultures coming in. Great news
— Niall Breslin (@nbrez) December 21, 2017
Best news of the day. Favourite Xmas present.
— johnfrombrittany (@jhnfrombrittany) December 21, 2017
You are spoiling us with all this good news before Christmas ? #SUAF
— Jane (@stackeroo) December 21, 2017
— martin (@16thman) December 21, 2017
— Dave Reidy (@daveyreidy) December 21, 2017
Brilliant, Brilliant News, he’s worth every penny!!!! Ireland and Munster wouldn’t be the same without him!!! Christmas is coming really early for all us supporters!!! ??
— Fred Sharkey (@FredSharkey) December 21, 2017