Rugby: Springboks lose fullback

INJURED: Springboks fullback Zane Kirchner. Photo / Getty Images
INJURED: Springboks fullback Zane Kirchner. Photo / Getty Images

JOHANNESBURG - Struggling South Africa suffered another injury blow last night when fullback Zane Kirchner withdrew injured from the squad preparing to face the All Blacks in the Tri-Nations.

Francois Steyn from Paris club Racing Metro, who was in line to replace Kirchner for the test at Soccer City this weekend, pulled out last week with a thigh injury.

Kirchner damaged his knee playing in a Currie Cup match last Saturday and Springbok medical staff declared him unfit after a scan, making utility back Gio Aplon favourite to wear the No 15 jersey.

Title holders South Africa lost twice the All Blacks and once to the Wallabies on the away leg of the southern hemisphere championship.

The All Blacks have won all four games and need one point from two fixtures to seal first place.


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