O’Mahony backs Stander for Lions squad

Date published: February 28 2017

Ireland flanker Peter O’Mahony believes Munster team mate CJ Stander is a shoo-in for the British and Irish Lions squad.

The Lions tour New Zealand in June in what will be a tough trip for the British Isles side.

Stander will have been on the radar for a while considering his sensational form for province and country and O’Mahony believes he fits the mould.

When asked whether the former Bull will make the British and Irish Lions squad, O’Mahony told the Belfast Telegraph: “You would think so.

“He’s played so well for us at Munster and he’s playing really well for Ireland. It’s hard to see how he wouldn’t travel.

“CJ has grown with every game he has played. He is a fabulous athlete with a super amount of fitness, a physical player and has fitted in well.

“He is learning all the time, he is pushing everyone on. He is leading the charge at the moment, he is adapting really well, he is great to be around, great team guy, we are very lucky to have a player of his calibre. They (the Ireland loose trio) are going alright.

“It is great, it has always been the way with both club and country, always having competition with great guys to learn off and play alongside and train with, it has never been really different.”