Zane Kirchner: Bristol Bears signal Dragons
Bristol Bears have signed Dragons full-back Zane Kirchner as a short-term harm alternative for Charles Piutau.
The 34-year-old former South Africa worldwide strikes to Ashton Gate on a month-long mortgage.
Piutau, who’s out till the top of October with a shoulder injury, is joined on the sidelines by fellow full-backs Luke Daniels and Matt Protheroe.
“It was essential so as to add a participant of Zane’s capability,” Bristol head coach Pat Lam said.
“Zane has performed for among the high golf equipment in world rugby and can slot in rapidly.”
Kirchner’s personal affect at Dragons has been curtailed by accidents, with the full-back making simply 13 appearances for the Professional14 aspect after shifting to Rodney Parade from Leinster in the summertime of 2017.
In the meantime, veteran Australian flanker George Smith prevented a suspension at an unbiased disciplinary listening to on Tuesday and will likely be free to face Gloucester on Friday.
Smith was despatched off in Bristol’s 44-23 loss at Saracens on 8 September for a “harmful deal with” on Jackson Wray, however the disciplinary panel deemed that “on the stability of possibilities the preliminary contact didn’t contain any direct contact to the top”.