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Munster Confirm Contract Extensions For Casey And Stander

Munster Confirm Contract Extensions For Casey And Stander

Forwards Duncan Casey and CJ Stander have both signed two-year contract extensions with Munster Rugby and the IRFU which will see them continue to play for the province until June 2016.

CJ Stander joined Munster in October 2012 from Super Rugby side the Blue Bulls and made his debut as a replacement against the Scarlets that November at Musgrave Park.

Just a week later the powerful back rower scored two tries on his first league start against Glasgow Warriors at Thomond Park.

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The 23-year-old South African made his Heineken Cup debut against Edinburgh earlier this season, and to date he has played 22 times for Munster and scored six tries.

Corkman Duncan Casey is a product of the Munster Rugby Academy and is currently contracted as a development hooker.

The 23-year-old will move to a full senior contract at the end of this season on the back of impressive breakthrough performances this year.

He made his debut off the bench against Perpignan in the Heineken Cup at Thomond Park last month and then made his first start against the Scarlets in the league at Musgrave Park two weeks later. He has made three further appearances off the bench so far this season.

Commenting on the province’s latest contract extensions, Munster head coach Rob Penney said: “We’ve had a really positive start to 2014 with players committing their future to Munster Rugby and I believe this spurs the younger lads on, knowing what is ahead of them and who will be leading the way.

“We are extremely pleased with CJ’s progress. It is great that he has re-committed to Munster and that he believes this is the best place for his development.

“Similarly for Duncan, it bodes well for the future, and his progression is another example of the hard work that is being carried out at grassroots level.”