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CJ Stander signs two-year contract extension at Munster

Munster's CJ Stander has signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him at the province until at least June 2018.

The former South African Under-20 back-rower made his Munster debut in November 2012 and, having recently qualified for Ireland on residency, could now be drafted into Joe Schmidt's Six Nations squad.

"I am delighted to be committing my future to Munster Rugby," said Stander, who has scored 22 tries in 69 appearances for the region.

"This is very much home for me and it is a huge honour to represent the red jersey every week."

Stander, 25, was named Munster player of the year last season and has taken over the captaincy this term in the absence of Peter O'Mahony.

Munster head coach Anthony Foley said, "Getting this news at this stage of the season is a great boost for the squad.

"In securing the services of CJ for a further two years we are holding on to a key player within our group, one that gives everything to the jersey each week.

"At such a young age he has shown his leadership qualities on and off the field and we know there is still more to come."

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