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.”