Durban - Heyneke
Meyer has long been an admirer of Zane Kirchner and the Springbok coach has
defended his decision to pick the 31-year-old for Saturday’s Test against
Argentina in Buenos Aires.
who plays his rugby in Ireland with Leinster, will start at fullback against
the Pumas and earn his 30th Test cap in the process.
appearance for the Boks came over a year ago against Scotland in Port Elizabeth
on June 28, 2014.
Willie le Roux has made the Bok fullback position his own.
soon-to-be Sharks man is suffering from an ankle injury and is unavailable for
the weekend, which has re-opened the door for Kirchner.
probably the guy with the second - I think I’m the first now - most critics in South Africa,” Meyer joked on
played 15 and Morne (Steyn) played 10 we had an 80% winning record.
“And then a
guy like Handre Pollard comes in and scores against the All Blacks and then
everybody wants him in ... and then they’re the same people booing him off the
“As a coach
you learn that you have to stick with what you believe in and Zane has always
dropped a strong hint that Kirchner would be a part of his final 31-man World
“In a World
Cup you need a guy who can field high balls and who can attack as well and
Zane has been brilliant for us with that,” he said.