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Kirchner joins Leinster

Vodacom Bulls and Vodacom Blue Bulls fullback Zane Kirchner is to take up a contract with Irish side Leinster later this year.


Despite a five month long effort by the Blue Bulls Company (Pty) Ltd to have 28-year old fullback extend his contract past the 31 October 2013 expiry date, the player’s agent on Friday confirmed a two year deal with the Irish province.

A final release date has not been established though and will be determined by the BBC board of directors, High Performance Manager Xander Janse van Rensburg said on Monday.

“We understand that an earlier release might be requested, but it is up to the board to approve that or not. We have been in talks with Zane and his agent since November and although it is very disappointing to lose his services, we wish him well with the new phase in his career,” Janse van Rensburg said.

“From our side, with coach Frans Ludeke very involved and in regular consultation with Springbok management, we tried our best to keep the player in Pretoria, but could in the end not compete with the exchange rate and the expectations of Zane and his agent.”

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    April 22, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    I see JP Pieterson is also close to finalising a deal with a Japanese club.

    We are bleading players at the moment.

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    April 22, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    We are craven. Heyneke is going to be left with very little as far as choices go for the Boks come end of year tour.

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    The Year of the Cheetah

    April 22, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    so I must look out for krusty in dublin!

    Boys and girls it simple. Our marketing of our game is not adequate in the modern era of sport and therefore we do not earn our players enough.

    With its history and the conditions its played in the Curie Cup could have been a huge worldwide competition but because those who run our game are insolent we have never been able to capitalize.

    Despite rain and muddy substandard pitches and stadiums the guys in Europe have made their leagues more prestigious than anything in the South.

    And now Japan.

    You snooze you lose.

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    April 22, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Go well Zane, enjoy it.

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    April 22, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Not an issue – give them a “holiday” for 2014 and then if they want they can make a bid for the 2015 RWC and come back to SA to fight for a spot.
    In the meantime the youngsters have put up their hands so HM will have more to choose from!?

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    April 22, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Reply to The Year of the Cheetah @ 12:26 pm:

    Yawn… you should write songs…

    As for Krusty… geez is he only 28?

    One thing I can say for him… he’s always been on of the most conditioned Boks/Bulls on the paddock!

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    April 22, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    I won’t miss him. Still beats me
    that he played so many Tests and
    Bulls games.
    Talk about being very limited!

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    April 22, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Reply to Boertjie @ 1:51 pm:

    Huge boot, quick, excellent defender, solid under the high-ball… nope not limited at all IMO… perhaps by the team’s game-plan?

    I’d like to have seen him join the line more, back himself on attack but hey… just who would have been better?

    Frans (who was not there), Joe P, Ludick?

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    April 22, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Huge boot, quick, excellent defender, solid under the high-ball…….and no vision.

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    April 22, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Just a question, but as Nick Mallet pointed out on Saturday, who else is there? Zane by not playing because of injury is actually proving that he is the number one fullback, as I have seen no one, and I mean no one, put up his hand for selection in his place. All this proves is that if Zane is as bad as you say he is, then we have a serious problem at fullback, unless we employ Americano’s love child there and play Willie le Roux.

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    The Year of the Cheetah

    April 22, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 1:36 pm:

    Bryce you are just sour because all these (in you estimation) useless cheetahs are showing up these boring ass over-paid springbok laden coastal ‘giants’ this year.


    As for songs – this was done by Perth dance producer. Its a country/folk song I wrote when my car broke down in the Freestate and this guy just transformed it into a dance anthem!

    Have a listen:

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    April 22, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Reply to Aldo @ 3:43 pm:

    Peterson has been the only natural 15 in RSA I’ve seen that is of note…

    Reply to The Year of the Cheetah @ 4:27 pm:

    Nah… I don’t rate most of the RSA players this year… in fact there are not more than a handful that would make my SANZAR test side…

    And I’m always happy for the Cheetahs to win… as I’m glad to see Strauss’ toil finally paying off… and they’ve always had characters like Willie, Trevor and the likes…

    Reply to The Year of the Cheetah @
    4:27 pm

    A bit queer anthemny (sic) lol… great to include you in the credits though… haven’t heard of Superlove yet but will be listening out for them now (I listen to JJJ most days)… ‘Indie/Alternative’ scene still quite big in Aus (in the pub/rocl scene)… you should do a quick tour mate…

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    The Year of the Cheetah

    April 22, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 4:50 pm:

    Spuerlove is the title. The Ozzie band is called Sun City but this track only features their singer.

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    April 22, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    I think that song was on loop during Zee Bulls v King game YOC.

    Really glad Leinster kept their cabbage soaked mitts off Messerschmitt Willie.
    SA needs to step up and claim him off limits to foreign poaching – just as they would a white rhino.

    They are both national treasures and should be accorded the same protections.

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    April 22, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    Kirchner is just so utterly predictable –
    maybe because it’s the Bulls style.

    Fielding a high kick he never takes on
    even a lonely rushing defender, but kicks back.
    Or runs straight to his forward support.
    Popping up at the right place at the
    right time for the last pass to score a
    try doesn’t count.
    Even props do that.

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    April 22, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Reply to biltongbek @ 2:17 pm:

    What’s vision?

    The eye test for your drivers lic. or a meaningless catch all phrase repeated ad nauseum amongst rugby pundits.

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    April 22, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Reply to Boertjie @ 7:55 pm:

    The most predictable thing about the Bulls is that they win more often than not.

    It’s evidently not such a bad thing.

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    April 22, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    Reply to Timeo @ 8:09 pm: you really want to go there?

    Kirchner does two things from deep, kick or run.

    When he runs he does a silly little goose step, picks a target and runs into contact. He doesn’t look for support runners or the gap. It is similar to driving on the highway and seeing those “cat eyes” on the line, if you watch them while changing lanes you will hit them, if you don’t watch them you miss them.

    Like so many other South African backs he runs and focuses on the defence, hitting them every time.

    When he kicks, he is successful in chasing down 1 in every 4, you can call it what you want, I call it vision.

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    April 22, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    Reply to biltongbek @ 8:34 pm:


    You’ve said it so much better than me! Exactly!

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    April 22, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Reply to Timeo @ 8:12 pm:

    I have an idea Bulls and Lions are the
    only teams that lost ALL their S15 games, right?

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    April 22, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Reply to Boertjie @ 9:40 pm:

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    April 23, 2013 at 3:16 am

    Reply to Boertjie @ 9:41 pm:

    yeah bring up records from 2002, and it was S12 not S15. Then Bring up the Bulls record from 2003 onward.

    Oh and let’s not forget the fact that the Bulls are the only South African team to have one Super Rugby in the new millenium, oh and while you’re at it, why not add to that, that the other team you mentioned, the Lions, have also won the super rugby comp once, and you have on your 2 fingers the only two SA teams to have ever won the competition.

    Then sit back and mention the Fact that only 3 teams have managed to win this competition more than 2 times, one of them are the Bulls. Oh and go and see how many teams have successfully defended the title, yes once again you’ll find the Bulls in there.

    Jees the Zane Kirchner’s of the world really do play for horrible teams. :pity: :brownie:

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    Mug Punters Organisation of South Africa

    April 23, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    It is a professional era, maybe a single season is the best solution but it wont stop clubs holding onto the players. I certainly hope we dont see the death of internationals or Barbarian’s.

    Zane is dependable, not creative and not a bad player at all. HM likes dependable.

    Not having players for the end of year tour can be an opportunity to develop new talent?

    Reply to Aldo @ 3:43 pm: no bok is a bok without a Willie.

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    April 23, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Reply to Mug Punters Organisation of South Africa @ 1:07 pm:

    Zane is dependable, not creative and not a bad player at all. HM likes dependable.
    So Willie may as well seek a contract abroad then?

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    April 23, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Reply to Boertjie @ 6:29 pm:

    Let’s pray not Boertje. If he does….I’ll place the blame on Al Queda or some other dastardly entity that seeks to deprive us all of the weekly inspiration he provides.
    With the foreign attrition going on no one will be left but for Willie. Hope he holds tight to seize his rightful green & gold destiny. SA can’t afford to lose their Serge Blanco to foreign shores.

  26. DavidS


    April 24, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Shit if HM was such a “rely on dependable” COACH ONE MUST WONDER WHY HE contracted a certain Lions outside center called Bryan something or other in 2006… probably because he was also so dependable and reliable…


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