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Wed Apr 23 08:42:08 SAST 2014

Kirchner to replace Steyn in Springbok squad

Reuters | 02 October, 2011 00:220 Comments
Absa Currie Cup: Lions v Blue Bulls
Try scorer Jano Vermaak celebrates with Zane Kirchner during the Currie Cup match between the Golden Lions and Blue Bulls at Coca Cola Park Stadium on September 24, 2011 in Johannesburg
Image by: Lee Warren / Gallo Images

Zane Kirchner has been called into South Africa’s World Cup squad as a replacement for utility back Frans Steyn, the team said on Sunday.

Steyn injured his left shoulder in the 13-5 Pool D victory over Samoa at North Harbour Stadium on Friday and will need surgery.     

“I am bitterly disappointed,” the 24-year-old said in a statement.

“I don’t know how the injury happened, it was at a ruck when I was cleaning someone out late in the game.     

“I was enjoying our campaign and the tournament.”     

Fullback Kirchner will join the Springboks squad in Wellington on Tuesday as they prepare for a quarter-final, probably against Ireland, next Sunday.

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