The Bulls have confirmed that former SA Under 20 captain, CJ Stander, will leave the union once his current deal runs out at the end of October this year.
Stander has received an offer to join Munster in Ireland, one which the Bulls are unable to match (or, to be more accurate, unwilling to match because money can always be found if the player is important enough to the plans).
Not that losing Stander won’t be a blow to the Bulls; the young flanker has captained their under 19 and under 21 sides in the past and must surely have been earmarked for captaincy of the senior side at some point. More than that, though, his play in this year’s Super Rugby has been of a consistently high standard, after being asked to step into the breach at short notice given injuries to first-choice loose forwards in the team.
Stander has played – and played well – on both sides of the scrum for the Bulls in Super Rugby and is, of course, a comfortable number 8 as well, having played his junior rugby there. His versatility will be missed.Tweet