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European Wrap: South Africans abroad

Former Bulls and South Africa U20 stalwart CJ Stander was one of Ireland's heroes in their 13-9 Six Nations victory over England in Dublin on Saturday.

Stander played a pivotal role in Ireland's triumph as he was their go-to-man on attack and he made an incredible 20 carries but also put his body on the line in defence with eight tackles.

Ireland's win was a significant one as it prevented England from breaking the world record for test wins by a tier 1 nation and also stopped them from claiming their second successive Six Nations Grand Slam.

In other Six Nations action, former Kings loose forward Cornell du Preez came off the replacements bench during his side's 29-0 victory over Italy at Murrayfield.

Ex Sharks flanker Braam Steyn was in Italy's starting XV.

In the Top 14, Springbok and former Bulls lock Flip van der Merwe, and ex Sharks and SA U20 full-back Scott Spedding scored a try apiece in Clermont's 65-13 demolition of Pau at Stade Marcel Michelin.

Elsewhere, former Springboks, Lions and Stormers scrum-half Ricky Januarie and ex Sharks and SA U20 centre Paul Jordaan helped La Rochelle consolidate their position at the top of the standings with a 36-17 win against Brive at Stade Marcel Deflandre.

In other action:

- Former Stormers utility forward Deon Fourie scored a try for Lyon in their 42-26 loss at Stade Ernst Wallon against Toulouse, who had former Bulls and Springboks loosehead prop Gurthro Steenkamp in their starting line-up.

Another former Springbok front-row, ex Sharks stalwart BJ Botha was also in Lyon's run-on side.

- And at Stade des Alpes in Grenoble, former Sharks and Bok scrum-half Charl McLeod started for the home side in their 23-23 draw with Toulon, who had Springbok and former Lions, Bulls and Stormers flyer Bryan Habana as well as Bok and ex Bulls prop in their starting XV.


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