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Finally, CJ Stander Is Formally Recognised As A Limerick Man

Finally, CJ Stander Is Formally Recognised As A Limerick Man

Justice was done last night when proud Annacotty 'native' CJ Stander was named an honourary Limerick man at the Limerick Person of the Year awards last night.

The Munster back row, who is due to retire at the end of this season, accepted the accolade at a virtual event last night.

"It is a big honour for me and my family. It has been a big, big pleasure living in a lovely city like Limerick.

"Thanks to everyone who made us welcome since day one and thank you for all the support you have given me personally and, secondly, as a team with Munster."

Stander has previously spoken of his ties to the Treaty County – his adopted home of Annacotty has shaped the man he is today, as he hinted at during an awards ceremony in 2016.

Accepting the Guinness Rugby Writers Player of the Year award in November 2016, Stander told attendees of the event that he likes to "think I'm from Annacotty in Limerick."

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Stander previously announced his shock retirement from rugby earlier in the year, prompting an outpouring of tributes to the South African-born player.

Stander, a massive loss to both Irish rugby and Munster, amassed over 50 international caps. In a touching gesture, Stander used his retirement announcement in March to thank the late Anthony Foley for the influence he had on his playing career.

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Fiachra Gallagher

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