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Stander ready to play his part

Guinness PRO12 Editor

2 Nov 2012

New Munster signing CJ Stander admits he can’t wait to make his own mark at Thomond Park but is well aware of the history behind the red jersey.

The South African back rower only arrived in Cork on Tuesday, and will have to wait another three weeks to make his RaboDirect PRO12 debut after missing out on selection for the match against the Cardiff Blues at the Arms Park.

Formerly with the Blue Bulls, Stander revealed that the opportunity to play for one of the world’s top sides was too good to turn down.

He said: “The thing I heard that I like the most is that you don't own the jersey. You just borrow it and you have to be your best to play in it. I just love that idea.

“My agent contacted me and asked me what did I think of Munster. And I told him I'd watched them [play] in the Heineken Cup, saw them when they won it.

“But he said, yes but what do you think of them. I said I rate them one of the top three clubs in the world.

“So he said, well they're interested. And you know I thought, yes what are the chances of all the people they'll look at.”