The Blue Bulls Company has announced on Wednesday that Vodacom Bulls loose forward CJ Stander has decided against taking the option to extend his contract with the Blue Bulls Company.
The Bulls player will instead move to Munster, after agreeing terms with the Irish club.
Stander will remain part of the Vodacom Bulls 2012 Vodacom Super Rugby campaign and will be available to play for the Vodacom Blue Bulls in the Absa Currie Cup competition.
His contract with the BBC runs out on October 31st, where after he will move to Ireland.
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.”
Vodacom 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 Vodacom Super Rugby campaign as well as our ABSA Currie Cup season.”
Stander has captained the Vodacom Blue Bulls at u.19 and u.21 level as well as South Africa at u.20 level.
He made his Vodacom Super Rugby debut in 2012 and has played in all 13 Vodacom Super Rugby matches for the Vodacom Bulls this year.