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Bulls suffer blow as Stander agrees Munster deal

CJ Stander will move to Ireland next season

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Article Published: Thursday 21 June 2012|

The Bulls have revealed that they will lose loose forward CJ Stander next season as he has decided against taking the option to extend his contract with the Blue Bulls Company.

Stander has accepted an offer to join Irish Club Munster where he could become eligible to play for Ireland in three years time due to residency.

Stander will remain part of the Bulls 2012 Super Rugby campaign and will be available to play for the Blue Bulls in the Currie Cup competition.

His contract with the BBC runs out on October 31st, where after he will move to Ireland.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Blue Bulls Company, Barend van Graan, said that they were unable to match the current offer on the table from the Irish club.

"We identified CJ at schoolboy level already and he was part of our future planning at the Bulls. However we couldn't match the Munster offer - such is the reality of professional sport."

Bulls coach, Frans Ludeke, wished Stander well in his decision; "Quality players like CJ, who have also shown tremendous leadership abilities, don't come around very often and so it was not a surprise to hear about his overseas offer. "

"We would have loved to have had him with us well into the future, but it makes financial sense for CJ to accept the Munster offer. "

"I have no doubt that CJ will continue to give everything he has throughout the remainder of our Super Rugby campaign as well as our Currie Cup season."

Stander has captained the Blue Bulls at u.19 and u.21 level as well as South Africa at u.20 level.

He made his Super Rugby debut in 2012 and has played in all 13 Super Rugby matches for the Bulls this year.

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