Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
2 minute read
20 Mar 2021
7:54 am

Come on CJ Stander – you’re way too young to be retiring

Rudolph Jacobs

The Ireland loose-forward will be returning to the country of his birth where he can possibly still add value and play for another five years.

Loose-forward CJ Stander in the colours of his Irish club team, Munster. Stander has announced his retirement from all rugby at the age of 30. Picture: Luke Walker/Gallo Images

When exactly is it the right time for a top rugby player to call it a day, or for any sports star for that matter? The issue was again put back on the discussion table after South Africa-born Ireland rugby star and eighthman CJ Stander suddenly decided to retire at the end of this international season. Stander is just 30 and after earning 50 caps for Ireland and 150 for his club Munster, Stander cited family reasons for his decision to return to his country of birth. It is however common knowledge that a forward can go on well into...