Munster sign South African flanker Stander

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

MUNSTER have completed their squad for the coming season with the news that they’ve signed former South African Schools and U-20 wing forward CJ Stander

MUNSTER have completed their squad for the coming season with the news that they’ve signed former South African Schools and U-20 wing forward CJ Stander

In this his first season playing Super 15 rugby, 22 year old Stander has played 13 times for the Bulls, scoring four tries in those appearances. The Bulls currently lie fifth in the overall Super 15 table after finishing second in the South African Super 15 Conference.

A former captain of South Africa Schools and U20s, Stander will join Munster on a two year contract - subject to being granted a work permit and passing the requisite fitness test - once his commitment to the Bulls in the Super 15 and Currie Cup has ended.

Meanwhile, just five weeks after they played their last competitive fixture of last season, Munster resumed training for the 2012/13 season with a get together in Bishopstown, Cork this week.

The squad which began pre-season was reduced in size due to the absence of the Irish internationals who are currently in New Zealand. The players present in Cork were put through their initial paces by Bryce Cavanagh, head of fitness, and included in the squad were Niall Ronan, Danny Barnes and Dave Foley as well as one of the newer additions to the squad, Sean Dougall.

Ronan, Barnes and Foley played no part in the session as they continue to recover from the injuries which forced them to miss the end of last season. However, all three players are expected to be involved in the province’s pre-season matches.