Bulls lose Baby Bok skipper

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content on 21 Jun 2012 at 07:20
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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.


  • This is unfortunate and a mistake by Stander. Heyneke sees him in his future plans and I am just wondering whether or not a couple more years of Super Rugby would not have been better. There is no way he will play himself into bok contention in Ireland.

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.06.12 08:20:57 by Viking Reply
  • Wonderful, now they’ll probably come down here looking to poach one of our flankers. Keep your filthy hands off our players!

    As for Stander, well this is just the exchange rate talking isn’t it. I highly doubt that he’s going to Ireland looking to challenge himself.

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.06.12 09:08:28 by Leviathan Reply

  • @Viking (Comment 1) : Yes – The new super rugby and expanded Tri Nations would be of more value to him now and play later on in life in Europe. I’m sure he would get his bok jersey soon – the attrition rate in loosies is hectic.

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.06.12 09:58:41 by Caratacus Reply

  • @Leviathan (Comment 2) : o bloode well hope Coetzee is not what they are after, or why they are unwilling to match his offer from Munster…I smell a big fat rat!!!

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.06.12 10:26:24 by Ice Reply
    Competition Winner Ice
  • wait for Leinster to make an offer for Lambie 😆

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.06.12 10:40:49 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 5) :
    You got jokes now, but wait until a NH team makes a play for one of the world-class players at the Kings!

    Oh wait… 😈

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.06.12 10:46:57 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • @Megatron (Comment 5) : Can’t they rather make a offer for Plumtree and his sidekicks? 😈

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.06.12 10:47:57 by Ben Reply
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  • Eish 😐

    But if we have to lose these guys overseas, I prefer it be Ireland.

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.06.12 10:48:03 by hendrikp Reply

  • @Big Fish (Comment 6) : They are all already in Natal! 😈 😆

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.06.12 10:49:06 by Ben Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 6) : yesses SA unions have been raping my province CLEAN for eons! you think i lik seeing sbura, tim whitehead in shark colours or siya in wp strip trui or jj engelbrecht in PINK!! 😯

    it’s about time there was a bigger animal to poach the so-called “big five”…

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.06.12 10:50:17 by Megatron Reply

  • @Megatron (Comment 10) :
    But you are mos also a Sharks fan – so’s it’s ok if they head down to Durbs. 😉

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.06.12 10:53:05 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • @Big Fish (Comment 11) : in my nightmares yeah 😆

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.06.12 11:01:39 by Megatron Reply

  • According to the Supersport article money wasn’t the deciding factor. 🙄 Should that be true (and this is pure speculation) one has to wonder whether he wanted to be guaranteed a starting spot at the Bulls?

  • Comment 13, posted at 21.06.12 12:32:26 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @vanmartin (Comment 13) : someone asked this question: “Could it not be that his girlfriend, swimmer Jean Mari Neethling, also wants to to be based in Europe? Most of the FINA events take place in Europe”

    a tad far-fetched but hey u never know

  • Comment 14, posted at 21.06.12 12:55:32 by Megatron Reply

  • @vanmartin (Comment 13) :

    He started all 13 of the Bulls’ SR games this year (as far as I know) 😯

  • Comment 15, posted at 21.06.12 12:59:24 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 15) : If everyone is fit I don’t think he will. Spies, Steggman and both Potgieters ahead of him in the rankings. That’s how I think Ludike feels.

  • Comment 16, posted at 21.06.12 13:03:55 by Ben Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 14) : I wouldn’t be surprised if that were the case. SASCOC is about as well administered as SARU 😀

    @wpw (Comment 15) : Correct but one has to wonder whether that would remain the case with the return from injury of the two Potgieters and Stegmann (or what Ben said 🙂 )

  • Comment 17, posted at 21.06.12 13:07:28 by vanmartin Reply
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