Pressure has been heaped on the IRFU in recent months, as negotiations for the services of Stander and Peter O’Mahony appeared to have hit a roadblock.
Both are considered stalwarts at the Irish province, O’Mahony in particular being seen as the natural spiritual successor to Paul O’Connell.
CJ Stander, a native of South Africa, has come to be one of the club’s most loved players on and off the pitch, and has firmly committed to Ireland publicly since making his international bow last year.
Reports on Sportsjoe.ie however claim that the IRFU offered Stander just €260,000 per annum, literally a fraction of what he could demand in the UK or France. That figure – if accurate – was just €20,000 more on his previous contract.
The province have already lost Simon Zebo. The 27-year-old winger and fullback attracted the interest of several European clubs who offered terms that Munster and the IRFU were unable to match despite “both the province and the Union making every effort to retain the player with substantial improvements made to his existing deal.”
The loss of one of the backrows would be a massive blow to Munster and indeed Ireland. The loss of both would be unthinkable.
The back-row forward has captained the Blue Bulls at U19 and U21 level as well as South Africa at School and U20s level.
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