Stander sets sights on Ireland

Date published: May 3 2015

Munster number eight CJ Stander has admitted to being keen to take his form onto the Test stage, whether that be with Ireland or South Africa.

The powerful 25-year-old forward, who this week won the player of the year gong at the PRO12 outfit, has excelled in the back-row at Munster this term.

Stander has scored eight tries so far this season and now wants to make the next step up, likely in the green jersey of Ireland after settling in the country.

"I will have to decide [between Ireland and South Africa] but I think I have set my sights on Ireland and that is what I'm going to pursue," he told

"I think there will probably be a few people on my back about that, even my Dad, but I think I am going to pursue the Irish team, so hopefully it works out."

He added: "I just go out to do my best in the red jersey. It is all about the team but it is great to be selected for awards like this.

"I am deeply honoured, especially when I see those who have previously won this award and the quality of the others, Billy [Holland] and Tommy [O'Donnell], who were nominated this year."