Brynard buys into bright future
Barnstorming backrower Brynard Stander is the latest player to re-sign with the Force for the inaugural Global Rapid Rugby season.
The powerful Number 8 was a crucial part of this year’s Rapid Rugby Asia and Pacific Showcases and the NRC title and wants to be part of continued success in 2020.
“I believe it is possible to top this year, not only because of the organization and the backing we have but also because of the team we have, we are going to give people what they want to see and we are going to entertain them. We will be fit, we will be strong and we will have a really good crack at it,” Stander said.
“Perth is my home, the team is my family and I have been here for a long time and really enjoy it. Next year there are a lot of new things happening, so I am excited for that.”
While the lure of Rapid Rugby Season 1 was a huge factor in the decision to re-sign, Stander insists there were other factors to consider, including team culture and a desire to nurture the next generation of Force players.
“It is great to have the same core group here, we have been here together for a long time and we have been through thick and thin with the club. I think that has added to our personality and character and made us stronger human beings, and that just adds to the club.”
The 2018 Nathan Sharpe Medallist says the quality of the grassroots level in WA is exemplified by the calibre of players progressing into the senior team.
“Obviously it is always sad to see some guys go, but when guys leave there are new players that come in and I am grateful that the new players are really good human beings and quality players,” Stander said.
“Hopefully we can keep guys of that calibre in the system and that is obviously something the club is looking to do going forward.”
A former Natal Sharks player, the experienced South African has been a part of several professional teams and believes he has distilled the essence of what makes a rugby team successful.
“With the teams that I have been a part of, if the culture is not there and people are not good people, whatever you have going does not last.
“There is longevity to people being good human beings and that is why there are really positive signs for us going forward because everyone is here for the right reasons.”
Originally signed in 2014, the man known as ‘Bull’ by teammates and fans alike lived through the turmoil and upheaval of Force’s removal from Super Rugby, but says the support of the fan base allowed the players to dream of brighter futures.
“The Sea of Blue are a part of our family because they have been with us through thick and thin. No matter what, they stuck by us and that’s a great thing to be a part of and I think for someone like me to leave something like that is not going to happen.”