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Western Force sign Natal flanker Brynard Stander

New signing: Brynard Stander scores a try for Natal in the Currie Cup.

New signing: Brynard Stander scores a try for Natal in the Currie Cup. Photo: Getty Images

PERTH: The Western Force will have a distinct South African flavour next season with the Super Rugby franchise signing their eighth player from the Rainbow Nation.

Back-rower Brynard Stander has signed for the next two seasons, joining countrymen Wilhelm Steenkamp, Chris Heiberg, Marcel Brache, Dillyn Leyds, Dylan Sage and Francois van Wyk as South African newcomers to the club.

Five-eighth Sias Ebersohn joined the Force a year ago.

The club has specifically targeted South African players during their recruitment drive in a bid to move away from their reliance on Australia's east coast-based player pool.

Stander joins the Western Force as an abrasive and physical back-rower, who can play either side of the scrum or at No.8.

The 23-year-old progressed through the Sharks' development program, representing Natal at under-19 and under-21 levels, before spending the past two seasons in the coastal province's Vodacom and Currie Cup squads.

"Moving here from South Africa was a big decision, particularly moving away from my family," Stander said.

"But it's been such a welcoming atmosphere."

The Force finished 13th last season with just four wins and a draw from 16 games.


4 comments so far

  • A great talented player that came through all the age group ranks. He succeeds because he always followed his heart and are passionate. Its not just a job for him. Hope this next step in his dream ladder come true

    Durban, South Africa
    Date and time
    January 09, 2014, 8:17PM
    • Wait....the Force is considered an Australian Super team? Next they'll be telling us that a Wallabies test in Perth is considered a 'home' game.

      Date and time
      January 11, 2014, 1:22AM
      • Sport is no longer parochial as winning is all that counts in this modern era, and the two factors don't fit well together , particularly in Perth. If the available local talent is limited, then securing talent from outside the former boundaries becomes a requirement, otherwise RU in WA goes belly-up.

        I know it's a shame, but it's also an in-your-face fact of life. Welcome to 2014 he says without any enthusiasm at all, as it's gone from pride and tolerance for the home-grown item, to entertainment where losers are losers and to be discarded at will.

        I lived through what it used to be and the modern version doesn't really appeal, but is all there is on offer so I'm considering giving rugby, which is the only sport I follow, the flick.

        Perhaps the answer to your last lament is that Saffers are more passionate about the game and make their presence felt. You can't really blame them for settling in a very liveable city like Perth considering the horrors of modern South Africa, yet "caring" enough about their homeland to support SA teams. Look at it as the best of both worlds

        Date and time
        January 13, 2014, 3:10AM
      • What I can blame them for, Dragonsfart, is forfeiting home field advantage by scheduling Wallabies tests v the Saffers in Perth. I'm struggling to reconcile your "winning is all that counts" argument with conceding crowd support to the opposition in a home test match.

        Date and time
        January 13, 2014, 2:24PM

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