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Published: 12:38 | 4/6/16

CJ Stander ready for 'nasty' reception


CJ Stander says he expects “a few nasty Afrikaans words” when he lines out for Ireland against his native South Africa later this month.

The Munster flanker, who made his Ireland debut against Wales in this year's Six Nations opener in February, signed for Munster in 2012 from South African Super Rugby side The Bulls, and qualified to play for Ireland under the residency rule.

Ireland face the Springboks in a three-match tour, which starts in Cape Town on 11 June, and Stander expects a fiery reception on his return to his homeland.

"I'll probably get a few nasty Afrikaans words, but I can understand and shrug it off," the 26-year-old told the Irish Independent.

"I've nothing to prove to anyone or myself. I want to go on from the Six Nations, to take up where I left off and play my game."

Stander is looking forward to playing international rugby in front of his family for the first time, even if they expected it to be in a South Africa shirt rather than the green of Ireland.

Stander won Springbok caps at U-16 and U-18 level before he being offered a professional contract by the Bulls, and went on to captain South Africa at the U-20 World Cup.

However, his relationship with the Bulls soured when they tried to convert him from flanker to hooker, prompting Munster to make a move in June 2012.

"On that day it's going to be a different animal, to have your family there," he continued.

"That's the biggest drive for me, I haven't played international rugby live in front of them and to get the chance to do that will be the cherry on top of my career.

"When the anthems come out, we're standing there in front of a full, packed Newlands . . . It's a great opportunity to play in front of my family, to play against the Springboks who are one of the greatest teams in the world and I'm looking forward to it."

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