Zane Kirchner to leave Leinster

He will join Newport-Gwent Dragons this summer

BY Newstalk 10:32 Tuesday 7 March 2017, 10:32 7 Mar 2017

Zane Kirchner Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

South African international Zane Kirchner will leave Leinster at the end of the current season.

The 31-times capped Springbok will join the Newport Gwent Dragons this summer after four seasons with Leinster.

To date he has won 82 caps for Leinster scoring 11 tries in the process including a memorable two tries in the PRO12 Final in 2014 that Leinster won in the RDS against Glasgow Warriors.

"New decisions and ventures aren't always easy to make. However the experience of moving to Leinster, my first move abroad, has helped and knowing a few of the other South Africans in the Dragons squad makes my decision easier", Kirchner revealed.

In a statement released by Leinster Rugby, Kirchner also thank the team's fans.

"To a badge and a fraternity that literally turned my life around. A place that became home. Friends that grew closer then family."

"From me and my family we humbly thank everyone for the adventure. To the organisation, from top to bottom, thank you for allowing me to set foot in a club which I believe is the best that I've ever been."

"To the Leinster blue faithful, I hope that even for a little while I brought joy to your presence at our games. The roar and memories of the RDS is something I'll carry and treasure for the rest of my life.

"I am very grateful.”

Kirchner won the PRO12 with the province in 2014. He could add more domestic and European honours to his Leinster resume before the end of the season.

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