CJ Stander out to prove a point against England at Twickenham after Ireland were branded ‘softies’ by his former boss Rassie Erasmus
- Erasmus mocked Ireland’s physicality during last year’s World Cup
- Ireland were beaten up in the Six Nations defeat at Twickenham earlier this year
- Stander has promised to muscle up against England at Twickenham on Saturday
Ireland No 8 CJ Stander has promised to muscle up against England after his team were labelled ‘softies’.
Documentary footage emerged of Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus mocking Ireland’s physicality during last year’s World Cup.
Ireland were beaten up at Twickenham earlier this year but Stander is intent on proving a point on Saturday.
Ireland forward CJ Stander (left) has promised to muscle up against England at Twickenham
‘It is a bit of a challenge because that is his view and that is his belief,’ said Stander. ‘I would like to, not really prove him wrong, but I’d like to show him what we can do and what we have done before
‘That is a big statement to make. Rassie put it out there so that’s his prerogative. That’s what he thought of us. It is not going to be easy to change his view but, luckily, we are not playing against South Africa this week. We will get them at some stage.
‘I will tell you this: you can only be physical if you know what you are doing. We have had a good week. We prepared well. We know what we are going to do. You can’t go out there and straight away look for physicality. It is international rugby. I am looking forward to the battle. We will see after Saturday and we can talk about that again.’
Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus mocking Ireland’s physicality during last year’s World Cup
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