Munster snatch Bok prospect
20 Jun 2012
Irish side Munster have secured the services of highly rated Bulls loose forward CJ Stander.
Stander, whom Springboks coach Heyneke Meyer has a high regard for, will leave the union after the Currie Cup. The move comes as a surprise and is a massive blow for the Bulls, for whom the 22-year-old has been involved in all 13 Super Rugby matches.
On the departure of the former Baby Boks captain, Bulls CEO Barend van Graan said: ‘We identified CJ at schoolboy level already and he was part of our future planning at the Bulls. However we couldn’t match the Munster offer – such is the reality of professional sport.’
Bulls coach, Frans Ludeke, wished Stander well in his decision. ‘Quality players like CJ, who have also shown tremendous leadership abilities, don’t come around very often and so it was not a surprise to hear about his overseas offer.
‘We would have loved to have had him with us well into the future, but it makes financial sense for CJ to accept the Munster offer. I have no doubt that CJ will continue to give everything he has throughout the remainder of our Super Rugby campaign as well as our Currie Cup season.’