Fans and former players react to CJ Stander and his shock retirement from rugby
The sudden news emerged around the rugby world today that Ireland Number 8 CJ Stander will retire from the sport at the end of the season.
We look at the reaction from fans and former players around the world.
The South African made a statement on his social media this morning talking about why he has decided to leave the sport at the relatively young age of 30.
In the statement, he spoke about how he wanted to retire whilst he was still at the top of his game, and he thanked Limerick and Munster for making him part of their family.
All professional sports people are told “you will know when the time is right to hang up your boots”. It’s a sentiment one cannot fully comprehend until that day arrives.
For me, that time has come, and I hereby publicly announce my retirement from all forms of rugby. pic.twitter.com/KK5zgWC0O1
— C J Stander (@CJStander) March 16, 2021
Many former players were sad to hear the news about the South African and the news of his impending retirement from the sport.
Well that escalated quickly… 😳 https://t.co/afTL1u7vSx
— Brian O’Driscoll (@BrianODriscoll) March 16, 2021
— Jamie Roberts (@Jamiehuwroberts) March 16, 2021
Can’t think of many others who arrived in the North and lit up the game with their play & their smile quite as much as this man. High time the family have him back for themselves. https://t.co/Mb07cWYVmL
— Nick Mullins (@andNickMullins) March 16, 2021
— Scott Quinnell (@ScottQuinnell) March 16, 2021
Others, however, used the news of CJ Stander to bolster their own aims and motives in rugby. Daniel Leo who is a big ambassador for Pacific Players in rugby, used the news to talk about residency rules in rugby and his problem with them.
Congrats on a great career CJ.
But in my mind someone getting residency after 3 yrs, making a national team then moving back home as soon as they retire makes a mockery of the game far more than Pacific Island heritage players wanting to turn out after a stand down period 🤷🏽♂️ https://t.co/MIzCmr0i4K
— Daniel Leo (@danleo82) March 16, 2021
We don’t feel this was the right time for Dan Leo to make this statement, but it does show how important the rules around residency are.