April 5, 1990 (33)
CJ Stander is a former professional rugby union player, primarily known for his time with Munster in the Pro14 and the Ireland national team. Born in South Africa, Stander shifted his allegiance to Ireland, becoming a key player in their rugby setup.
Stander’s rugby career is highlighted by his performances for Munster, where he became a fan favorite due to his robust playing style and leadership qualities. He played a crucial role in Munster’s campaigns in both the Pro14 and European Rugby Champions Cup. His international career with Ireland includes memorable performances in the Six Nations Championship and the Rugby World Cup.
Collaborations in the world of rugby are often seen through the lens of teamwork and leadership. Stander has played alongside notable rugby figures such as Peter O’Mahony, Conor Murray, and Johnny Sexton in Ireland’s setup, and with international players like Simon Zebo and Keith Earls at Munster.
Stander’s career is marked by several individual honors. He was named the Munster Player of the Year multiple times and received the IRUPA Players’ Player of the Year in 2016. His contributions on the field have been recognized with numerous Man of the Match awards in both the Pro14 and international matches.