WATCH: Farrell and Sexton reflect on win over England and pay tribute to CJ Stander

Ireland picked up a third consecutive Six Nations win on Saturday as they defeated England 32-18 in the final round of the 2021 Guinness Six Nations.

While all victories over England are cherished, this game will be remembered as CJ Stander’s last in a green jersey as he announced his retirement at the season’s end.

20 March 2021; An emotional CJ Stander of Ireland following his side’s victory the Guinness Six Nations Rugby Championship match between Ireland and England at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Irish Head Coach Andy Farrell paid tribute to the back rower post match, praising him for he dedication to the Irish set up since his debut in 2016.

“I’ve just said to him in the changing rooms there that he can be as emotional as he wants to be now, because he’s given his heart and soul to the jersey.

“To the green one and to the red one, and he has a chance to play in a cup final for Munster there next week. We wish him all the best with that. It has been an emotional week, we’ve tried to keep a lid on it as best we can.

“You can say whether we should have brought that out or not, but it was fitting that CJ was able to say goodbye to his friends and tell them the truth.

“Where he was coming from, the reasons why, etc. How they’ve responded to him and how he’s kept a smile on his face, has been totally fitting to what this team is about.

“We’re delighted that we’re able to put a performance together for CJ, to send him off in the right way. We’re delighted that we’ve managed to control the emotion in the right way.

“He’s emotional in the changing rooms, but a happy emotional. I can’t say enough about him as a bloke. He’s the most kind-hearted, most genuine bloke that you’ll ever meet. He’ll be a mate forever.”

Please accept YouTube cookies to play this video. By accepting you will be accessing content from YouTube, a service provided by an external third party.

YouTube privacy policy

If you accept this notice, your choice will be saved and the page will refresh.

Irish captain Johnny Sexton was quick to echo Farrell’s sentiments paying tribute to Stander as he outlined how his final appearance was a driving force behind the performance.

“That was a huge motivator. We’ve got some coaches that motivate us incredibly well every week. Obviously CJ’s last game was a big one.

“But the big driver for me, as I said, was just getting the win that we felt we deserved. The performance that we felt we deserved. We got a performance that we felt we deserved today.”

Please accept YouTube cookies to play this video. By accepting you will be accessing content from YouTube, a service provided by an external third party.

YouTube privacy policy

If you accept this notice, your choice will be saved and the page will refresh.

Social Sharing

Posted in

Munster name side for Harlequins meeting | TEAM NEWS

Alex Kendellen captains the 25-man squad that includes a mixture of senior, Academy and talented young club players. ...
Read More

HIGHLIGHTS | Munster secure bonus-point win away to Scarlets

Gavin Coombes brought his Munster haul to 42 tries in 88 appearances with two trademark scores, while Jack ...
Read More
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is RB1_2690-Pinergy-1024x683.jpg

“You have to expect anything” | Oli Jager wary of Scarlets threat ahead of URC meeting

Friday night's opponents Scarlets come into the clash having lost their last two URC games, and they have ...
Read More

Quinn set for first URC start as Munster name side for Scarlets clash

22-year-old back-row forward Alex Kendellen captains Munster in the URC for the first time, set to line out ...
Read More

Diarmuid Kilgallen joins Munster as province provide injury update

The winger joined the Connacht Academy in 2019, and actually made his debut against Munster. He has scored ...
Read More

Nash and Crowley try scorers as Ireland smash Italy | HIGHLIGHTS

As the clock ticked down Nash put the cherry on top, the Limerick native collecting from Jamison Gibson-Park ...
Read More

Casey joins Nash and Crowley as Munster men to face Italy | IRELAND TEAM NEWS

Ireland opened their Championship with a bonus point win away in France last weekend, and return to a ...
Read More

Limerick pair named in Ireland team to play Italy in U20 Six Nations

Limerick duo Evan O'Connell and Luke Murphy are named in the starting side, with UL Bohs man O'Connell ...
Read More