Ireland back-row CJ Stander believes it was vital to end the Six Nations on a high ahead of the summer tour to his native South Africa.

The No 6 scored a try in Ireland's 35-25 victory over Scotland in Dublin on Saturday and has turned his sights to the three-Test series against the Springboks, which begins in Cape Town on 11 June.

"It's good to get a win. It's a boost going into the summer tour," Stander told RTÉ Sport.

"You need that going over there. They play good rugby and are always up in the rankings."

Stander played at U20 level for South Africa before joining Munster in 2012 and making his Ireland debut against Wales in the Six Nations opener.

He admits it will be an unusual experience to face the country of his birth on the field but insists he won't let it affect his game.

"It's going to be massive for me personally," he said. "Playing in front of my family and supporters that have been there all the years.

"People are going to be on my back but I'll put my head my down and play my game"

"My grandad always wanted me to play international rugby and I'll be glad to play in front of him. He's getting old now, I think he's 87, and that'll be great.

"People are going to be on my back but if I get into the group, I'll put my head my down and play my game."

Stander thanked the staff and fans of Munster and Ireland for helping him to realise his international dream.

"The support from the supporters has been unreal," he said.

"Especially, the Munster people have always cheered me on and pushed me to higher heights.

"In the Irish set-up people have given me that confidence to get into the jersey and make them proud.

"The tradition... everyone is so proud of that jersey."