Kirchner gets Bok call-up

Bulls fullback Zane Kirchner will replace injured Frans Steyn at the World Cup.

Steyn was officially ruled out with a shoulder injury and Kirchner was drafted in as fullback cover. It is unlikely he will feature in the match 22 for Sunday’s quarter-final against one of Australia or Ireland in Wellington.

Pat Lambie is expected to play at fullback with Morne Steyn the preferred flyhalf ahead of Butch James. Gio Aplon, who has started at fullback for the Boks in the last two seasons, is another possibility for the match 22.

The Boks stayed in Auckland for the weekend and attended Saturday’s England win against Scotland at Eden Park. The squad travels to Wellington on Monday.

The match 22 for the quarter-final will be named on Thursday.