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Details of CJ Stander's IRFU offer emerges - and it's surprisingly low

By Ian Cameron
Ireland and Munster backrow CJ Stander.

Reports emerging this lunchtime have put a figure on how much CJ Stander was being offered – at least initially – by the IRFU in their ongoing efforts to keep him in Ireland.

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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.

The two backrows are among Munster’s most prized assets, yet the IRFU has so far failed to lock down contracts with the pair, an issue which has made national headlines in Ireland.

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.

Both backrows represented the British and Irish Lions during the summer of New Zealand, and their stock has never been higher.

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.

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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.

Stander joined Munster in October 2012 on a two year contract, making the move from Super 15 side the Blue Bulls in South Africa.

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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Correct analysis of Perofeta’s bungling of the try opportunity Ben. Never ‘fixed’ Steward as he came across in defence and passed too early. Steward didn’t have to break his stride and simply moved on to pressure Telea. Never scanned the easier option of passing to the two supporting players on the inside. Beauden Barrett showed how it is done when he put Telea in for his try. Another point from the game is that the rush defence is hard to maintain as the number of phases increases. From scrums the defensive line only contains backs who all have roughly the same pace. Once forwards are involved, the defence has players with variable speeds often leading to a jagged line. It also tends to lose pace overall giving the attack more time and space. Beauden Barrett’s break to set up Telea’s try came because Baxter went in to tackle McKenzie and Steward went out to cover Telea. Barrett has a massive hole to run through, then commits Steward by passing as late as possible and Telea scores untouched. Another comment I would make is that Ben Earl is a good player and generally an excellent defender but he made three significant misses in the series, two of which led to All Black tries. Got stepped by Perofeta in Dunedin for Savea’s try, missed McKenzie in Auckland leading to what should have been a certain try being set up by Perofeta and was one of the tacklers who couldn’t stop Savea in the leadup to Telea’s first try. Perhaps he should contact Owen Farrell to pick up a few tips from ‘tackle school’.

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