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File photo of Zane Kirchner
File photo of Zane Kirchner

Rugby: Former Bok Zane Kirchner will now play for Bristol Bears

Former South Africa international Zane Kirchner joined Bristol Bears on a one month loan from Pro14 side Dragons on Wednesday as emergency cover with the Premiership side presently shorn of three backs through injury.

The 34-year-old dashing utility back – who won the last of his 31 caps in the 2015 World Cup – has been called upon with the Premiership newboys losing star New Zealander Charles Piutau (shoulder), Luke Daniels (hamstring) and Matt Protheroe (knee).

Bears head coach Pat Lam said Kirchner – who joined Dragons from Leinster in 2017 – provided the touch of class and vast international experience required to boost the Bears who have won one and lost the other of their two matches so far.

Kirchner, who won two Super Rugby trophies with the Bulls, could well make his debut in Friday’s away trip at Gloucester.

AFP

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