Munster and Ireland back row CJ Stander had a dream debut season in Joe Schmidt’s side. The South African-born 25 year-old collected the man of the match award for his debut against Wales, and continued on that form throughout the championship.
While Ireland came up short in Paris and London, Stander could not have been faulted for his display in either game, and led by example.
With the impending return of Peter O’Mahony and Sean O’Brien, competition will be strong for the three back row places in the coming years, and with the likes of Josh Van Der Flier also emerging, Schmidt has some tough decisions to make regarding the shape of his back row.
However, most feel that Stander has done enough to warrant a starting role for the June tour of his native South Africa.
Youtube channel KPATB compiled this video of Stander’s best bits throughout the tournament.
What a beast!
CJ Stander has been a fan favourite for his raw work rate throughout the championship, putting in almighty shifts in attack, defence, and on the ground.
With the Lions tour to New Zealand just over a year away, many are tipping the Munster man to get a seat on the plane.
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