CJ Stander Just Added Another Prestigious Award To His Collection

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CJ Stander’s rise continues.

The Munster and Ireland back-row has been a revelation over the past couple of season’s winning Munster’s player of the year award twice and being named the IRUPA player of the year a few months back.

The South African born star has now been named The Guinness Rugby Writers of Ireland Player of the Year 2016 at the annual Guinness Rugby Writers of Ireland Awards hosted in the Guinness Storehouse.

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Stander was delighted to receive the accolade, which was voted for by the Irish rugby media.

“It’s an honour to be voted as the Guinness Rugby Writers Player of the Year. It’s good to get [the recognition]. I think when you’re a younger boy you go through a stage where you want to get a lot of pats on the back but when you get older and you get into a team you just want to perform for all the boys and for the team to help them win. That’s really my biggest drive.

“It’s been a great year, an unbelievable last three years and I’ve worked hard to get to the place where I am now. The biggest thing for me now is to drive on from there and not settle or be part of the furniture. You always have to push on and create something new.

“So that’s a big drive for me not to think I’ve done enough. I just want to keep on performing for the team, that’s important for me, and lead a few teams.”

No doubt hugely deserved. An absolute hero both on and off the pitch. Congratulations CJ.

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