Bulls to lose CJ Stander

2012-06-20 19:45

Pretoria - The Blue Bulls Company announced on Wednesday that Bulls loose forward CJ Stander has decided against taking the option to extend his contract with the union.
Stander will instead move to Munster, after agreeing terms with the Irish club.

Stander will remain part of the Bulls' Super Rugby squad and will be available to play for the Blue Bulls in the Currie Cup competition.
He will move to Ireland when his contract with the union runs out on October 31.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Blue Bulls Company, Barend van Graan, said that they were unable to match the current offer on the table from the Irish club.

“We identified CJ at schoolboy level already and he was part of our future planning at the Bulls. However we couldn’t match the Munster offer - such is  the reality of professional sport.”
Bulls coach, Frans Ludeke, wished Stander well in his decision.
“Quality players like CJ, who have also shown tremendous leadership abilities, don’t come around very often and so it was not a surprise to hear about his overseas offer. We would have loved to have had him with us well into the future, but it makes financial sense for CJ to accept the Munster offer. I have no doubt that CJ will continue to give everything he has throughout the remainder of our Super Rugby campaign as well as our Currie Cup season.”
Stander has captained the Vodacom Blue Bulls at U19 and U21 level as well as South Africa at U20 level.

He made his Super Rugby debut in 2012 and has played in all 13 Super Rugby matches for the Bulls this year.


  • Harold - 2012-06-20 19:49

    Stupid decision.

      René - 2012-06-20 20:31

      @Harold, not really, Rand vs Pound??? He will be back in 3 years time

      Harold - 2012-06-20 20:36

      I agree with the money, but he's only 22 and on the verge of becoming a Springbok. Imagine his worth then.

      René - 2012-06-20 21:12

      @Raven, no doubt! I wish him all the best, but guaranteed he will be back in 3 years time with heaps of experience.

      Stormkaap - 2012-06-20 21:33

      Fisrt Van Velze and now Stander.. not good

      lance.elliott.3914 - 2012-06-20 21:53

      Truth is most players come back better.. Jean, Frans, Joe and Grant are but a few..time flies, he is young, will miss home and will want to become a Bok before he hangs up his boots.Its important to remember that each game a player plays, could be their last so go for the big buck$.

      sean.brady.14224 - 2012-06-20 23:12

      This is worrying. He is not bound to the Boks yet. He may be persuaded to remain in the UK and play for England or Ireland. How long does he need to stay there to be legible?

      thomas.cannon.712 - 2012-06-20 23:58

      After a few years in the UK he will be in prime condition and seasoned in NH conditions for the next World Cup!!! He could even be in line for the captaincy, Meyer is thinking far ahead!!!

      hengelbrecht - 2012-06-21 07:16

      @Stromkaap - please don't mention Van Velze's name in the same sentence as CJ! Gerrit-Jan is not missed at all - especially not a s loose forward! Actually as a Bull supporter glad to see him go. CJ on the other hand will be missed. Must have been difficult to try and match the other offer with Dewald, Steggie, Jacques and Pierre also on the books! Good luck CJ

      michael.f.cooper.37 - 2012-06-21 07:36

      I read on volksblad its mainly because of lack of gametime. He is imo already one of the best loosies in the country but being 22 and having to sit in the up-and-coming 'team' behind players like daniel and kankowski and to be fair imo he would be my first names in the loosetrio with coetsee(im not a bull or a shark).. See him get added into the bok squad for the quad nations in hindsight.

      dustin.dewet - 2012-06-21 10:24

      Good player, lots of potential but I just hope this decision does not come back to bite him. 6,7 and 8 are positions in which we already have an abundance of truly world class players and that is not even taking into account the number of youngsters coming onto the scene in the next 2-3 seasons. By the time his contract expires he will have to compete with players who will already have had 2-3 years of international rugby under their belt in a Springbok side which by then will be in the final stages of preparation for WC 2015. Let's also face the facts that at 1.88m he is perhaps a bit short for an international 7 or 8 and all the games he has played so far he doesn't look like a viable option at 6. I think the Bulls had him earmarked as their future captain and from their perspective he will be missed. But from a Springbok perspective I don't see his departure having much of an impact.

  • bloudaan.blou - 2012-06-20 19:59

    Dis nou regtig slegte nuus vir my, maar dis nou maar eenmaal hoe dit is. Dit sal nou seker die deur oop maak vir Arno Botha om deur te kom.

      marius.olivier.7 - 2012-06-21 08:43

      Adendorf, wat die kortlys van 3 spelers gehaal het vir die IRB se junior speler van die jaar, is ook by die Bulle, so daar is geen tekort aan puik losvoorspelers daar nie.

  • grant.butler.104 - 2012-06-20 20:02

    Huge loss....huge....this guy had all the attributes to become a Bok ....very sad news ..

  • Rohann - 2012-06-20 20:46

    Brilliant decision!

  • bfvillet - 2012-06-20 21:07

    is oor heyneke vir jaques potgieter bo hom gekies het pick my of ek loop

      Christian J Denyschen - 2012-06-20 21:12

      As die kat kleintjies kry dan is dit ook seker HM?

  • johan.peters3 - 2012-06-20 21:46

    sjoe this is bad for the bulls, and SA, he is a quality player but best of luck to him, i hope he will be back like Juandre

  • Craven Luyt - 2012-06-20 22:37

    He will be back in a few years, wiser. Perhaps when Pierre hangs up his boots. Regards Craven

      René - 2012-06-20 22:55

      Jy's reg Craven, CJ se gunsteling posisie is op 8ste man... Hy gaan nie speelkans op 6 kry vir die Bokke nie, nie met Marcel en Kolisi daar nie. Pierre het nog 'n paar jaar in hom en dan kan CJ oorneem - 'n mens kan maar net hoop!

      Jacques - 2012-06-21 07:34

      @ Rene. Pierre het nog net n paar jaar in hom???? Hy het -2 jaar in hom.

      bootman.bokke - 2012-06-21 07:42

      It's a pity we have to wait for Pierre to hang up his boots. Somebody should just steal them and throw them away.

  • Stirrer - 2012-06-20 22:56

    Now this is a REAL loss to the Bulls, unlike Olivier who's off to Japan. Is there somebody out there who wants to buy Pierre Spies? Anybody? ...Anybody?

      bootman.bokke - 2012-06-21 07:44

      Apparently the Bulls were willing to swop Pierre for some tackle bags but nobody was interested. Everybody said their tackle bags were better on defence.

  • jason.coenraad - 2012-06-20 23:46

    Big loss, this oke has serious talent!

  • lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-06-21 06:47

    Big Loss,this youngster is good...good luck

  • anton.bischoff - 2012-06-21 07:33

    Verlies maar gelukkig is Baby Bok Adendorf ook hier .

  • fanievanzyl22 - 2012-06-21 08:19

    Huge blow... Liked the guy...

  • jaco.smith.902 - 2012-06-21 09:05

    As a Stormer supporter, i think this is a huge blow for SA rugby. Although we (SA) have lots of loosies, Stander stood out in the Bulls team so far this year. Think he has a lot to offer SA. Must be a "moerse" lot of money involved.

  • whserasmus - 2012-06-21 09:40

    Great Decision. Going overseas at a young age did wonders for Juandre Kruger and look at him now. Forget about the money, think about the experience they gain. He is not on the verge of becoming a Springbok as a lot of you are thinking, Jacques Potgieter, Alberts, Coetzee, Brussouw, Schalk almost fit again, Koilisi would need to get opportunity soon. So the timing for him is perfect. Jean De Villiers came back a better player, Percy came back a complete, mature fullback and look at what a difference one season abroad did to Ruan Pienaars game. I see 2 or 3 years, raking in some Euro's to come back as a contender as Bok Captain. (p.s. converted he is not getting a lot more from Munster than what the Bulls are offering, so money is not the deciding factor here)

  • bushpigeventsbar - 2012-06-21 15:22

    Jumping like rats off a sinking ship

  • jt.thom.3 - 2012-06-21 16:43

    SARU do an outstanding job of wasting talent on the benches and couches while opting for has-beens in the green and gold. Heyneke Meyer has chosen at least three loose forwards ahead of him that are nowhere near as good as him, I'd do the same. Go play for Ireland, I hope Johan Goosen does the same.

  • conor.cahill.180 - 2012-06-21 20:00

    Hi this is a munster fan saying that Im delighted that CJ is coming here...certainly sounds like a very promising player.. and he'll help boost our physicality that's missing from the squad... sorry though to all you bulls fans :( but we need him cause some of our own aren't up to scratch. And him being an Irish international in 3 years? Sounds cool but not a good idea cause hes a Springbok throuh and through!

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