Former Eire captain Rory Greatest says retiring No 8 CJ Stander is ‘unequivocally’ an instance of how rugby’s residency guidelines could be a optimistic.
Stander on Tuesday introduced that he can be retiring from skilled rugby on the finish of the present season to return to South Africa.
Nonetheless simply 30 years outdated, Stander certified to symbolize Eire in 2016 after transferring to Munster from the Vodacom Bulls in 2012 and lately made his fiftieth look towards Scotland.
Nonetheless, in an explosive tweet – which has since been deleted – former Samoa worldwide Dan Leo mentioned that Stander being able to retire to return to South Africa ‘makes a mockery of the sport’ greater than Pacific Island gamers who wish to symbolize a second nation of their profession.
Writing in his column for BBC Sport, former Eire hooker Greatest, who performed alongside Stander at Check stage, paid tribute to the free ahead, whereas defending his resolution to symbolize Eire internationally.
‘I used to be fortunate to captain CJ from his first Check begin till I retired and what he gave in each recreation was a priceless loyalty,’ Greatest wrote.
‘You recognize you’ll be able to depend on him, it doesn’t matter what manner you go he will likely be 100% behind you as a result of he believes within the significance of the group over self.
‘Emotionally and bodily, he’s relentless. You’ll be able to hear it now greater than ever with out crowds, when Eire go to the scrum you’ll at all times hear CJ’s voice. “Come on entrance row, come on boys, let’s go”.
‘It’s fixed, and the extra drained he will get the louder he turns into. These are the variations he makes outdoors of his immense rugby capability, they’re huge energisers and they’re so arduous to seek out.
‘Individuals are divided on the residency rule. What I can say unequivocally is that if each abroad participant had CJ Stander’s perspective to being an Irish rugby participant and to representing the Irish jersey, it will solely be a superb factor.
‘I’m positive it wasn’t the jersey he grew up desirous to symbolize, however that buy-in and emotion have made CJ a shining instance of why the residency rule could be a big optimistic.’
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