Jacob Newbury

An emotional CJ ​​Stander was invited to the perfect farewell to Ireland as he helped his team beat England 32:18 in the final Guinness Six Nations game in 2021

The talismanic rookie announced earlier this week that this would be his final season in a green jersey, and he said goodbye in style

Attempts by Jack Conan and Keith Earls in the first half and 22 points from Johnny Sexton’s shoe sealed a dominant win for the Men in Green

And the 30-year-old gave ITV Sport a touching interview after the game in which he said he had “given everything for the Irish jersey”

“The staff, the backroom team I’m very, very grateful, dreams come true, “said Stander after turning 51 Had won the international match in Ireland

“I worked hard for this shirt and being in that shirt … the guys made it easy to be in it

“It was my pleasure I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the messages and kind words I did not survive all, but it means a lot”

The Münster native will return to his native South Africa with his wife Jean-Marie and daughter Everli when he leaves Limerick at the end of his contact

He received a fitting farewell from his international teammates at the Aviva Stadium Full-back Hugo Keenan revealed that the squad sang Tina Turner’s “Simply the Best” in the dressing room after the game

And Stander paid tribute to the support of the “great people” he has brought to the field in a green shirt since debuting in 2016

“We have a special team here and things will happen (for Ireland) and it will be a privilege to see them,” he added

“I wanted to give everything for this jersey I feel like I’ve had to perform with everything I’ve been given for the past few years

“I just wish my family could be here, especially my wife, daughter, and the supporters – the place would have erupted on one of the special days I can’t wait for them to come back

“Thank you from the bottom of my heart I’m looking forward to spending time with my family – and eventually having a few pints with the supporters”







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