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Zane Kirchner (born 16 June 1984) is a South African international rugby union player. Previously he played at fullback for the Bulls in Super Rugby and the Blue Bulls in the Currie Cup. Born in George, Western Cape, Kirchner attended PW Botha College in his home town, for whom he played at fly-half; he was first selected at fullback for the 2002 Craven Week.[2] He began his provincial rugby career with the Griquas, and made more than 50 appearances for the side between his Currie Cup debut in 2003 and his move to the Blue Bulls in 2007.[2] In five years with the Blue Bulls, Kirchner has made 64 Currie Cup appearances and scored 64 points. He made his debut for the Bulls (Super Rugby) franchise in 2008, and since then he has made a total of 81 appearances and scored 105 points. He won the Currie Cup in 2009 and the Super Rugby title in 2009 and 2010.

Zane Kirchner
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Birth nameZane Kirchner
Date of birth (1984-06-16) 16 June 1984 (age 35)
Place of birthGeorge, Western Cape, South Africa
Height1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Weight92 kg (203 lb; 14 st 7 lb)[1]
SchoolP.W. Botha College, George
Rugby union career
Position(s) Fullback
Centre
Wing
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
2003–2007
2008–2012
2013–2017
2017–present
Griquas
Blue Bulls
Leinster
Dragons
58
43
82
13
(175)
(34)
(45)
(24)
Correct as of 28 May 2018
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
2008–2013 Bulls 82 (105)
Correct as of 28 July 2013
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2009
2009–2015
Emerging Springboks
South Africa
1
31
0
(25)
Correct as of 19 September 2015

In April 2013, it was announced that Kirchner will leave the Bulls to join Irish team Leinster on a two-year deal.[3]

On 31 May 2014 Kirchner scored two tries as Leinster won the Pro-12 final to take the 2013–2014 title.[4]

On 7 March 2017, Kirchner has signed for Welsh region and Pro 12 rivals the Dragons from the 2017-18 season.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "SA Rugby Player Profile – Zane Kirchner". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Kirchner signs for Bulls". SARugby.com. Fat Pig Productions. 8 October 2007. Retrieved 4 July 2009.
  3. ^ "Zane Kirchner to leave Bulls". Sport24. 22 April 2013. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  4. ^ "Leinster refusing to let their era end". Irish Independent. 1 June 2014. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  5. ^ "Dragons sign Springboks utility back Zane Kirchner from Leinster". BBC Sport. 7 March 2017. Retrieved 22 June 2017.

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