Kirchner offered R3.6m

    2013-04-23 07:46
    Cape Town - Springbok and Bulls fullback Zane Kirchner has been offered €300 000 (about R3.6m) per year to play for Leinster, according to the Beeld website.

    This comes after it was announced on Monday that Kirchner will join the Irish side later this year.

    Despite a five month long effort by the Blue Bulls Company (BBC) to get the 28-year-old to extend his contract past the October 31, 2013 expiry date, the player’s agent confirmed a two year deal with the Irish province.

    A final release date has not been established though and will be determined by the BBC board of directors, High Performance Manager Xander Janse van Rensburg said on Monday.

    “We understand that an earlier release might be requested, but it is up to the board to approve that or not. We have been in talks with Zane and his agent since November and although it is very disappointing to lose his services, we wish him well with the new phase in his career,” Janse van Rensburg said.

    “From our side, with coach Frans Ludeke very involved and in regular consultation with Springbok management, we tried our best to keep the player in Pretoria, but could in the end not compete with the exchange rate and the expectations of Zane and his agent.”

    Beeld also reports that scrumhalf Jano Vermaak's future at the union is uncertain, with French giants Stade Francais after his services.

    The Bulls currently top the South African Super Rugby Conference, following an impressive 34-0 win over the Kings in Port Elizabeth over the weekend.

    They host the Waratahs on Saturday (17:05 kick-off).

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