CJ Stander
Name: CJ Stander
Occupation: Rugby Player
Gender: Male
Birth Day: April 5, 1990
Age: 32
Country: South Africa
Zodiac Sign: Aries

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CJ Stander

CJ Stander was born on April 5, 1990 in South Africa (32 years old). CJ Stander is a Rugby Player, zodiac sign: Aries. Nationality: South Africa. Approx. Net Worth: Undisclosed.

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He captained the under-20 team of South Africa during the 2010 IRB Junior World Championship.

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Before Fame

He scored four tries in his first 13 games as a member of the Super Rugby Bulls.

Biography

Biography Timeline

2006

He earned provincial colours for three consecutive years, representing the SWD Eagles at youth tournaments. In 2006, he played for them at the Under-16 Grant Khomo Week held in Wellington, Western Cape. He started all three of their matches at the tournament, helping them to two victories and a draw.

Despite still being in the Under-17 age group in 2006, Stander was named captain of the SWD team for the premier high schools rugby union tournament in South Africa, the Under-18 Craven Week, held in Stellenbosch. He led from the front, scoring two tries against the Leopards, one try against KwaZulu-Natal and a hat-trick in their final match against the Griffons to finish as the tournament's top try scorer. His performances caught the attention of the national team selectors, and Stander was named in and appointed captain of the South Africa Schools Academy side, playing the full 80 minutes in a 15–50 defeat to the more senior South Africa Schools side.

2010

However, that turned out to be his only involvement in the competition, as he once again linked up with the South Africa Under-20 team, being named as captain for the team due to compete in the 2010 IRB Junior World Championship. For the second Junior World Championship in a row, Stander scored a try in South Africa's opening match, as they secured 40–14 win over Tonga in their first match. He captained them to a 73–0 victory over Scotland, before being involved in South Africa's first ever defeat in a pool match at the Junior World Championships, as they lost 35–42 to Australia. Despite the result, South Africa qualified for the semi-finals as the best pool runner-up, but lost again at that stage against eventual champions New Zealand. Stander started his fifth match of the competition in his side's 27–22 victory over England in the third-place play-off to emulate their 2009 finish.

Stander returned to domestic rugby for the Blue Bulls by featuring in a compulsory friendly match against the Mighty Elephants. He was catapulted into their senior squad for the 2010 Currie Cup Premier Division and made his Currie Cup debut on 9 July 2010 – aged 20 years, 95 days – coming on as a replacement in their 38–15 victory over the Pumas. He made appearances off the bench in their next six matches before making his first Currie Cup start in a 39–38 victory over Griquas in their Round Seven match. He made a further four starts and two appearances as a replacement, but with players like Danie Rossouw returning from international duty, dropped back into the Blue Bulls U21 team. He made one start for them during the Under-21 Provincial Championship regular season, scoring a try in their 41–36 victory over Leopards U21. The team finished second on the log to qualify for the semi-finals, and Stander started both their 39–35 victory over the Sharks U21s in the semi-final and the final, which Stander's team lost 32–43 to Western Province U21.

After his single appearance in the Vodacom Cup in 2010, Stander saw more action in that competition in 2011. He took part in all of the Blue Bulls' eleven matches in the competition, making six starts and coming on as a replacement in the other five. He started off the season by scoring a try in their opening match against a Sharks XV, but failed to get on the scoreboard again for the remainder of the regular season, as the Blue Bulls won just three of their eight matches, but still finished in fourth place in the Northern Section to secure the final quarter final place. He started their quarter final match, which ended in a 28–26 victory over the Golden Lions, and appeared as a replacement in against Griquas in the semi-final, scoring his team's final try in a 47–34 win. He played in the final against the Pampas XV, but could not prevent the Argentine invitational side from winning 14–9 to be crowned champions for the first time.

2012

At the start of 2012, Stander was included in the Bulls squad for the first time; they are the Super Rugby franchise affiliated to the Blue Bulls provincial team. He made his Super Rugby debut on 24 February 2012 in an 18–13 victory in their opening match of the season against the Sharks. After a second appearance off the bench against the Cheetahs a week later, Stander made his first start in the competition in a home defeat to New Zealand side the Blues. With Dewald Potgieter and Deon Stegmann missing the majority of the season through injury, Stander firmly established himself in the side and started a further ten matches in a row. He scored his first Super Rugby try in his second start, a 61–8 victory over Australian side the Reds and further tries against the Lions, Brumbies and Rebels. With the Bulls' first-choice flankers all returning from injury for the final three matches of the regular season, Stander dropped to the bench for those matches, as the Bulls secured a place in the play-offs by finishing fifth overall. He dropped out of the matchday squad altogether for their qualifier match against the Crusaders, where a 13–28 defeat ended the Bulls' interest in the competition.

In June 2012, Stander signed a deal to join Irish province Munster on a two-year contract at the end of the 2012 Currie Cup Premier Division season. He later revealed that one of the reasons for his move was that he was considered to be too small to be a South Africa international. Left with the options of leaving the country or switching to hooker, Stander recalls "I just made the decision easy and said, 'Well boys, I'll pack up my stuff and leave'. Munster signed me and they didn't think I was too small." As Munster could not sign any more internationally capped players, he was signed as a project player. This meant that Stander would be eligible to play for Ireland under World Rugby residency laws if he stayed with Munster for three years. He arrived in Ireland to join up with the Munster squad on 30 October 2012. Stander made his debut for Munster on 25 November 2012, coming on as a replacement in the Pro12 fixture against Scarlets. He made his first start for Munster against Glasgow Warriors in Thomond Park on 1 December 2012, scoring two tries in a Man-of-the-Match winning performance. Stander was ruled out for a month after breaking a bone in his hand during the Glasgow game. He made his comeback from the injury on 5 January 2013, in a Pro12 game against Cardiff Blues in Musgrave Park. As he was ineligible to represent Munster in the Heineken Cup, Stander instead turned out for Munster A in the British and Irish Cup, playing at Number 8 against Aberavon and Plymouth Albion, scoring a try against the latter. Stander scored his third try in just four appearances for Munster on 9 February 2013, when he made his second start for the club against Edinburgh. Stander revealed in 2020 that he arrived at Munster unable to speak English, and it was two or three years before he was confident enough to speak up during training or meetings.

2013

Stander scored his first try in his second season at Munster during an uncapped pre-season friendly against Gloucester on 24 August 2013. He scored two tries in his first full appearance of the season, against Zebre, on 13 September 2013. Stander made his Heineken Cup debut on 12 October 2013, coming off the bench against Edinburgh in Munster's opening pool game. He came off the bench against Gloucester during Munster's 26–10 victory on 19 October 2013. Stander was also a replacement during Munster's 36–8 win against Perpignan on 8 December 2013. He came off the bench in the 20–7 away win against Gloucester on 11 January 2013, a win that secured quarter-final qualification. In January 2014, Stander signed a new two-year contract with Munster. Stander scored his seventh try for Munster in a Pro14 fixture against Cardiff Blues on 8 February 2014. He came on as a replacement after 18 minutes for injured captain Peter O'Mahony in Munster's Heineken Cup quarter-final against Toulouse on 5 April 2014, scoring his first Heineken Cup try in the 47–23 win and earning the Man-of-the-Match award. Stander started in Munster's 24–16 semi-final defeat to Toulon on 27 April 2014.

2014

Stander scored two tries in Munster's 14–13 defeat against Edinburgh in their opening Pro12 game on 5 September 2014. He also scored a try in Munster's win against Benetton on 12 September 2014. Stander started in Munster's first 2014–15 European Rugby Champions Cup game against Sale Sharks on 18 October 2014, earning the Man-of-the-Match award in the 27–26 away win. He started against Saracens in Round 2 of the Champions Cup on 24 October 2014. Stander started the Round 3 game against Clermont Auvergne on 6 December 2014. He also started in the reverse fixture against Clermont on 14 December 2014. Stander scored a try and won the Man-of-the-Match award in Munster's 28–13 win against Leinster on 26 December 2014. He also scored a try in the 31–7 away win against Zebre on 10 January 2015, again winning the Man-of-the-Match award. Stander started against Saracens on 17 January 2015, but went off with an injured ankle in the first-half. The injury ruled Stander out for 4 to 6 weeks. He returned from the injury on 21 February 2015, starting in the game against Scarlets. Stander scored a try in Munster's 22–10 win against Glasgow Warriors on 28 February 2015. He won his fifth Man-of-the-Match award of the season in Munster's 42–20 win against Connacht on 28 March 2015. Stander scored a try in Munster's 34–3 win against Edinburgh on 11 April 2015. He won the 2015 Munster Rugby Senior Player of the Year Award in April 2015, becoming the first overseas player to do so. He scored a try in the 30–19 win against Treviso on 25 April 2015. Stander won the Man-of-the-Match award in Munster's 23–23 draw against Ulster on 9 May 2015. He was named in the 2014–15 Pro12 Dream Team, alongside teammate Tommy O'Donnell. He scored a try in Munster's 50–27 win against Dragons on 16 May 2015. Stander was named Man-of-the-Match in Munster's 21–18 play-off semi-final win against Ospreys on 23 May 2015. He started in the 2015 Pro12 Grand Final against Glasgow Warriors on 30 May 2015.

2015

Stander captained Munster in their opening fixture of the 2015–16 Pro12 against Benetton on 5 September 2015, scoring two tries and earning the Man-of-the-Match award in the 18–13 win for Munster. He came off the bench against Ospreys on 13 September 2015, scoring a try that leveled the scores and allowed Ian Keatley to kick the conversion that won the match for Munster. On 30 October 2015, Stander captained Munster in their 32–38 win against provincial rivals Ulster. On 4 November 2015, it was announced that, in the absence of regular captain Peter O'Mahony, Stander would captain Munster during the pool stage of the 2015–16 European Rugby Champions Cup. He started the opening pool game of the tournament against Benetton on 14 November 2015, scoring a try and earning the Man-of-the-Match award in Munster's 32–7 win. In December 2015, Stander signed a two-year contract extension with Munster, which will see him remain with the province until at least June 2018. Stander started against Leicester Tigers in the Champions Cup on 12 December 2015. On 16 January 2016, Stander scored a try and won the Man-of-the-Match award in Munster's 26–13 win against Stade Français. On 25 March 2016, immediately after returning from international duty with Ireland, Stander scored a try in Munster's 47–0 win against Zebre. In May 2016, Stander won the Rugby Players Ireland Players' Player of the Year Award, just the third overseas player to do so. He also won the Irish Times-sponsored Supporters' Player of the Year Award, becoming the first overseas winner of the award and the first player to win both the Players' and Supporters' awards in the same season. On 7 May 2016, Stander scored a try and won the Man-of-the-Match award in Munster's 31–15 win against Scarlets, a win which secured Champions Cup rugby for the following season. Stander was named in the 2015–16 Pro12 Dream Team, the second consecutive season he has achieved the accolade. In May 2016, Stander was named the Munster Player of the Year, becoming the first player to win the award in successive seasons. During the season, Stander won a total of four Man-of-the-Match awards, scored seven tries and captained Munster in 18 games.

In May 2015, Stander, who qualified for Ireland by residency on the day after the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final, told Pro12's official website, "I will have to decide [between South Africa and Ireland] but I think I have set my sights on Ireland and I think that is what I'm going to pursue."

2016

On 1 October 2016, Stander scored two tries in Munster's 49–5 win against Zebre in a 2016–17 Pro12 fixture. In Munster's game against Glasgow Warriors on 22 October 2016, their first since the sudden death of then-Head Coach Anthony Foley on 16 October, the number 8 jersey was retired for the occasion, as a tribute to Foley, and Stander wore the number 24 instead. After the game, which Munster won 38–16, Stander brought Foley's sons, Tony and Dan, onto the Thomond Park pitch and, with the rest of the Munster squad and staff, as well as the crowd, they sang Stand Up And Fight. On 29 November 2016, Stander was named the Guinness Rugby Writers of Ireland Player of the Year at an event in Dublin. On 10 December 2016, Stander was Man-of-the-Match in Munster's 38–0 win against Leicester Tigers in Round 3 of the 2016–17 European Rugby Champions Cup. On 7 January 2017, Stander scored a try and won the Man-of-the-Match award in Munster's 32–7 away win against Racing 92. On 21 January 2017, Stander won the Man-of-the-Match award in Munster's 22–10 win against Racing 92, a victory which secured a home quarter-final for Munster in the Champions Cup. On 1 April 2017, Stander scored a try in Munster's 41–16 Champions Cup quarter-final win against Toulouse, though he left the field injured during the second half. On 22 April 2017, Stander made his return from the ankle injury sustained during Munster's quarter-final, starting in the semi-final against defending champions Saracens and scoring a try, though it wasn't enough to stop the English side from winning 26–10 in the Aviva Stadium. In April 2017, Stander was shortlisted for European Player of the Year. On 27 May 2017, Stander started for Munster against Welsh side Scarlets in the 2017 Pro12 Grand Final.

In January 2016, Stander was called up to Ireland's training squad for the 2016 Six Nations Championship. On 20 January 2016, Stander was named in Ireland's 35-man squad for the 2016 Six Nations. On 7 February 2016, Stander made his debut for Ireland, starting against Wales in their opening match of the Six Nations and earning the Man-of-the-Match award in 16–16 draw. On 13 February 2016, Stander started against France in Ireland's second game of the Six Nations. On 12 March 2016, Stander scored his first try for Ireland in their 58–15 win against Italy.

On 25 May 2016, Stander was named in the 32-man Ireland squad to tour his native South Africa in a 3-test series. On 11 June 2016, Stander started in the first test against South Africa. He was sent off during the first half for a late hit on Patrick Lambie, the first red card of his career. In the subsequent disciplinary hearing, Stander was banned for one week. On 26 October 2016, Stander was named in Ireland's squad for the 2016 end-of-year rugby union internationals. On 5 November 2016, Stander started in Ireland's test against New Zealand at Soldier Field, Chicago, scoring a try in a 40–29 win that was Ireland's first ever against the All Blacks.

2017

In Munster's 2017–18 Pro14 match against Leinster on 7 October 2017, Stander earned his 100th cap for the province. He scored Munster's only try in their 25–16 away win against Leicester Tigers in the 2017–18 European Rugby Champions Cup on 17 December 2017. Stander signed a new three-year contract with the IRFU in December 2017, a deal that will see him remain with Munster until at least June 2021. Stander captained Munster in their 39–22 away win against Southern Kings on 7 April 2018, scoring a try in the match that was played in Outeniqua Park in his hometown of George.

On 23 January 2017, Stander was named in the Ireland squad for the opening two rounds of the 2017 Six Nations Championship. On 11 February 2017, Stander scored a hat-trick of tries in Ireland's 63–10 win against Italy in the Stadio Olimpico, Rome, earning the Man-of-the-Match award. This was the first hat-trick scored by an Irish back-row since Brian Robinson's against Zimbabwe at the 1991 Rugby World Cup. It was also the first hat-trick scored by an Ireland player in the Six Nations since Brian O'Driscoll's against Scotland in the 2002 tournament. Furthermore, it was the first hat-trick scored by a forward in Six Nations Championship history and the first by a forward since Frenchman Michel Crauste's in the 1962 Five Nations Championship. Stander's teammate, Craig Gilroy, also scored a hat-trick in the match, making Ireland the first team since England in 1914 to have two hat-trick scorers in a Five or Six Nations game. On 18 March 2017, Stander made a late switch to Number 8 for Ireland when Jamie Heaslip pulled out of the game against England during the warm-up. Ireland went on to win the game in the Aviva Stadium 13–9 and, in doing so, denied England consecutive Grand Slams in the Six Nations. Following his performances in the tournament, Stander was nominated for the 2017 RBS 6 Nations Player of the Championship award, alongside teammate Conor Murray.

In April 2017, Stander was selected in Warren Gatland's 41-man squad for the 2017 British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand. On 7 June, Stander made his non-test debut for the Lions when he started at Number 8 against the Blues in Eden Park, scoring the Lions only try in their 22–16 defeat. On 10 June, Stander made his second appearance of the tour when he replaced Ireland teammate Seán O'Brien in the match against Crusaders in AMI Stadium. On 13 June, Stander made his third appearance of the tour, starting at Number 8 against the Highlanders in Forsyth Barr Stadium. On 20 June, Stander started for the Lions in their 34–5 win against the Chiefs in Waikato Stadium. On 27 June, in the final mid-week fixture, Stander started against the then-defending Super Rugby champions Hurricanes in Westpac Stadium. Having been an unused replacement during the second test a week earlier, Stander made his test debut for the Lions on 8 July when he was a half-time substitute for his injured Ireland teammate Seán O'Brien during the third test against New Zealand in Eden Park. The 15–15 draw meant the series itself was a draw.

Stander is married to Jean-Marié Neethling, the sister of South African olympic gold medalist Ryk Neethling. His brother, Janneman Stander, is a rugby union player in South Africa for the SWD Eagles. In May 2017, the Mayor of Limerick, Kieran O'Hanlon, made Stander the city's inaugural honorary international ambassador.

2018

Stander scored Munster's second try in their 30–22 defeat at the hands of Leinster in round 6 of the 2018–19 Pro14 on 6 October 2018. One week later, Stander scored Munster's only try in their 10–10 draw against Exeter Chiefs in Sandy Park during the sides' opening 2018–19 Champions Cup pool 2 fixture. He captained Munster in their 26–17 win against Leinster on 29 December 2018. Stander captained Munster and won the Man-of-the-Match award in their 31–12 win against Zebre on 23 March 2019.

He started in Ireland's wins against South Africa and Argentina during the 2017 Autumn Internationals, whilst also featuring off the bench in the win against Fiji. Stander started four games for Ireland as they won a Grand Slam in the 2018 Six Nations Championship, featuring off the bench against Italy and scoring a try against England. His try against England was nominated for the Volkswagen-sponsored Try of the Year when the 2018 Rugby Players Ireland Awards nominees were announced in April 2018. Stander started in all three tests in Ireland's historic 2–1 series victory against Australia in June 2018, scoring Ireland's only try and earning the Man-of-the-Match award in their 20–16 third test win. During the 2018 Autumn Tests, Stander started in Ireland's 28–17 win against Argentina on 10 November, and in their 16–9 win against New Zealand on 17 November, a victory that was Ireland's first ever in Dublin against New Zealand.

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