Cape Town - Munster No 8 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 PRO12rugby.com.
"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."
The former Blue Bulls star 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."