Kirchner injury blow for Springboks
August 17, 2010

South Africa fullback Zane Kirchner has been ruled out of Saturday's Tri-Nations Test against New Zealand due to a knee cartilage injury.

The 26-year-old will miss the Johannesburg clash after a scan on his left knee showed the damage, the South African Rugby Union announced. Kirchner sustained the injury during the Blue Bulls' narrow 15-12 Currie Cup defeat to Western Province

The Springboks' medical team made the decision to withdraw the player following a scan on the injury and a decision on his availability for the remainder of the Tri-Nations will be made at a later date.

South Africa:

Backs: Gio Aplon (Stormers), Juan de Jongh (Stormers), Jean de Villiers (Western Province), Bryan Habana (Stormers), Francois Hougaard (Bulls), Butch James (Bath), Ricky Januarie (Stormers), Wynand Olivier (Bulls), JP Pietersen (Sharks), Morne Steyn (Bulls)

Forwards: Schalk Burger (Stormers), Jannie du Plessis (Sharks), Francois Louw (Stormers), Victor Matfield (Bulls), Dewald Potgieter (Bulls), Chiliboy Ralepelle (Bulls), Danie Rossouw (Bulls), John Smit (Sharks, capt), Juan Smith (Cheetahs), Pierre Spies (Bulls), Gurthrö Steenkamp (Bulls), CJ van der Linde (Cheetahs), Flip van der Merwe (Bulls)


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