Steyn, Kirchner back in Bok frame?

2014-12-08 09:05
Zane Kirchner (File)
Cape Town - Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer is likely to surprise with a few unpopular decisions in his 2015 Rugby World Cup squad.

According Rapport (www.netwerk24.co.za), the inclusion of flyhalf Morne Steyn and fullback Zane Kirchner could be the biggest shocks in Meyer's 31-man squad for next year's showpiece event in England and Wales.

Kirchner has fallen out of favour in recent times after the emergence of Willie le Roux, while Steyn has fallen behind Pat Lambie and Handre Pollard in the flyhalf pecking order.

Steyn hasn't played for the Boks since his mishap late in the Rugby Championship Test against Australia in Perth when his failure to find touch with a penalty late in the game enabled the hosts to counter-attack and score to sneak victory.

However, Meyer is keen to see the Boks improve their tactical kicking, which could see the return of Kirchner and Steyn.

Meyer said he wanted the team to get the right balance between attack and defence.

He also denied dropping Steyn for his mishap against the Wallabies. "I wanted him to work on certain aspects of his game and he has done it," said Meyer.

The 2015 Rugby World Cup runs from September 18-October 31.


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