CJ Stander

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England’s number eight Tom Curry (C) is tackled during the Six Nations match against Scotland at Murrayfield. Photograph: Getty Images

England’s backrow feels incomplete, certainly unbalanced, when denied the force of nature that is Billy Vunipola. The sight of this giant careering of(...)

CJ Stander forces a turnover for Ireland in their win over wales. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Andrew Conway made a valid point recently about the external perception of Ireland’s performances in the opening two matches of the Six Nations Champi(...)

CJ Stander was joined by Daniel Cunningham(5) and Scott Conlan-Higgins (7) on Grafton Street. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

The biggest names in Irish rugby added to the festive cheer at the top of Grafton Street in Dublin on Sunday evening, lending their voices to the caro(...)

Munster’s CJ Stander is well aware of the threat posed by Saracens on Saturday. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

CJ Stander believes that Saracens’ salary cap breaches will have no bearing on their clashes with the English champions over the next two weekends. S(...)

 Johnny Sexton has again showed how vital he is to Ireland’s cause on the pitch during thei Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Hiroshi Yamamura/EPA

15 Rob Kearney (Leinster) Age: 33 Height: 6’1” Weight: 95kg (14st, 11lbs) Caps: 94 After going nearly four years without a try, Kearney is now scoring(...)

Ireland’s Conor Murray stands dejected after the Rugby World Cup Pool A loss to Japan. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Rob Kearney Ireland broken by Japan. Stunned on 68 minutes, and subsequently failing the HIA, it forced Stockdale to fullback, Luke McGrath onto the (...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt says Devin Toner was very unlucky in missing out on the World Cup and that his ankle injury had affected his pre-season. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Irish coach Joe Schmidt has dismissed as irrelevant the position of World Rugby vice-chairman Gus Pichot, who said that Devin Toner should be asking W(...)

CJ Stander taking part in the Ireland squad session at the  The Campus, Faro. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The last World Cup arrived just a fraction too early for CJ Stander but this one can’t come soon enough. The 29-year-old joined Munster in 2012, but(...)

 CJ Stander  suffered fractures to his cheekbone and eye socket with his first carry in the Six Nations opener against England. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

CJ Stander has confirmed that he suffered fractures to his cheekbone and eye socket with his first carry in the Six Nations opener against England, bu(...)

Ireland’s Conor Murray  is tackled by Tito Tebaldi of Italy during Sunday’s  Six Nations match  at Stadio Olimpico  in Rome. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Munster coach Johann van Graan doesn’t expect to have Conor Murray back next weekend in an effort to increase his game time. Murray has been struggli(...)

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