Born: April 5, 1990 in George, South Africa
Position: No.8, flanker
Was the standout forward in Ireland's 16-9 upset of the All Blacks in November. He is an exceptional ball runner, who could adequately cover all three loose forward positions.
Stander is a complete rugby player - think Luke Jacobson on defence, Jerry Collins with ball in hand.
The South African born back rower played his part in the British and Irish Lions series draw against the All Blacks, starring in the second half of the third test draw at Eden Park.
Stander moved to Ireland in 2012 after a sole Super Rugby season with the Bulls, qualifying for Irealand through residency.
He made his test debut for the Irish in 2016.