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Munster have been unsettled again with reports today suggesting CJ Stander is the next target for the big-spending clubs in France.
Having seen Simon Zebo confirm he is to leave the southern province at the end of the current season, Peter O’Mahony was then the next subject of speculation regarding a move to the Top 14.
The flanker spoke in the last few days to say he is hopeful of remaining with the two-time European champions and that his future is decided before Christmas.
However, there is still a distance between what the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) are offering the Lions captain and what he could earn in France so his future is still very much up in the air.
Thursday’s edition of the Irish Independent stated that Montpellier want to sign Stander and are willing to make a huge offer to secure his signature.
The South-African born back row has been with Munster since 2012 but is believed to have been disappointed with the offer that was made to his representatives in recent contract extension talks with the IRFU.
Stander qualified to play for Ireland in 2016 and has accumulated 18 appearances caps while he was also chosen for the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand earlier this year.
Having developed into one of the best back rows in the world, the 27-year-old is hot property but the attachment he has to Munster and to playing for Ireland is hoped to be a decisive factor in eventually coming to an agreement to stay at the province.
The third round of the European Rugby Champions Cup takes place this weekend, and you can watch the best of the action on BT Sport 2 on the eir Sport package. On Saturday, 9 December, Munster take on Premiership side Leicester Tigers at Thomond Park on BT Sport 2 [kick off 7.45pm]. On Sunday, 10 December, Harlequins host Ulster [BT Sport 3 kick-off 1pm], while Top 14 side La Rochelle meet Wasps at the same time [BT Sport2, kick-off 1pm]. Later in the day, Premiership side Saracens host Top 14 side Clermont on BT Sport 2 [kick-off 3.15pm], and Premiership side Exeter Chiefs meet Leinster [BT Sport 2, kick-off 5.30pm].
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