Stander: I’ve got nothing to prove

CJ Stander says he may get a 'few nasty Afrikaans words' during next Saturday's Test against the Springboks at Newlands.

The former Junior Boks and Bulls loose forward made his Test debut for his adopted nation in this year's Six Nations, playing in all five of their matches. Now Stander is set to come up against the team he used to dream of representing while growing up.

'When the anthems come out, we're standing there in front of a full, packed Newlands … It's a great opportunity to play in front of my family, to play against the Springboks who are one of the greatest teams in the world and I'm looking forward to it,' Stander told the Irish Independent.

'I'll probably get a few nasty Afrikaans words, but I can understand and shrug it off,' he added. 'I've nothing to prove to anyone or myself. I want to go on from the Six Nations, to take up where I left off and play my game.'

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