South African-born Munster backrow CJ Stander has admitted to learning the Irish lyrics to Ireland’s anthem Amhran na bhFiann off YouTube in case of his Test debut in the RBS 6 Nations.
My wife has brought up the anthem on Youtube, there’s a clip with the words there added.
“Donnacha Ryan’s fluent, so he’s been helping me with the words.
“So we’ll see how good his teaching has been if the chance comes up!”
Stander no doubt had the pedigree to force a Springboks breakthrough had he remained home but insisted he has battled for the last three years not just to qualify for Ireland on residency – but also to prove his worth and commitment.
“I can’t even describe it; it’s something I’m very passionate about and something I’ve worked very hard for,” said Stander.
“I’ve worked so hard to get here. I’m very proud to be in the squad.
“I played my first few matches at Munster at six and that’s where I started out.
“I’d just be delighted to be involved anywhere. I just want to put my hand up and see what happens.”