Stander makes Irish intentions clear

Wed, 29 Jan 2014 18:43
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Former Bulls flank CJ Stander has committed to a long-term goal of playing Test rugby for Ireland by signing a two-year contract extension with Munster.

Former Bulls flank CJ Stander has committed to a long-term goal of playing Test rugby for Ireland by signing a two-year contract extension with Munster that will see them stay with the province until June 2016.

Stander joined Munster in October 2012 from Super Rugby side the Bulls and made his debut as a substitute against Scarlets that November at Musgrave Park.

A week later, the powerful back row unit scored two tries on his first league start against Glasgow Warriors at Thomond Park.

The 23-year-old South African made his European Cup debut against Edinburgh in October 2013 in Murrayfield, and to date he has played 22 times for Munster, scoring six tries.

Duncan Casey also agreed a two-year contract extension. The Cork man is a product of the Munster Academy and is currently contracted as a development hooker.

The 23-year-old will move to a full senior contract at the end of this season on the back of impressive breakthrough performances this year.

He made his debut off the bench against Perpignan in the European Cup at Thomond Park in December and then made his first start against Scarlets in the league at Musgrave Park two weeks later. He has made three further appearances off the bench so far this season.

Commenting on the confirmed signings, head coach Rob Penney said, "We've had a really positive start to 2014 with players committing their future to Munster and I believe this spurs the younger lads on, knowing what is ahead of them and who will be leading the way.

"We are extremely pleased with CJ's progress, it's great that he has recommitted to Munster and that he believes this is the best place for his development.

“Similarly for Duncan, it bodes well for the future, and his progression is another example of the hard work that is being carried out at grassroots level."

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