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JP Pietersen retire

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One of the stars in Jake Whites World Cup 2007 Springboks has call it a day on his career as he takes the next step into coaching.

Pietersen was educated at High School Generaal Gertzog in Witbank and made his provincial debut for the Cell C Sharks as a 19-year old in 2005 in the Currie Cup. He was included in the SA Under-21 team. South Africa made it to the final but were defeated by France.

Coming back from the Under-21 Championship, he was named in the 2006 Trio-Nations squad and made his debut against the All Blacks in Rustenburg.

He was a clinical finisher, and was the leading try scorer in the 2007 Super 14 competition with 12 tries from 15 games.

He was selected into the Springboks 2007 Rugby World Cup squad. Starting in the first two matches, Pietersen scored three tries. He was impressive in the game against England, scoring two tries and setting up a third.

After the World Cup Pietersen establish him as one of the most capped wing combination with Bryan Habana.

Pietersen was called up for South Africa’s 2011 Rugby World Cup as well as the 2015 World Cup which he scored 4 tries.

He also played for Panasonic Wild Knights in Japan as well as Leicester Tigers. From Leicester he moved to Toulon in the French Top14.

Coming back to SA, Pietersen joined up with the Sharks again to end his carreer.

He will now take up a junior coaching role at the Sharks.

Rugby union career
Position(s) Wing / Centre / Fullback
Current team Sharks (Currie Cup)
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2005–2012 Sharks (Currie Cup) 42 (85)
2006–2016 Sharks 137 (195)
2013–2016 Panasonic Wild Knights 25 (70)
2016–2017 Leicester Tigers 15 (15)
2017–2019 Toulon 38 (45)
2019–present Sharks (Currie Cup) 7 (5)
Correct as of 3 September 2019
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2006–2016 South Africa (tests) 70 (120)
2006–2016 South Africa (tour) [a] 2 (0)
2014–2015 Springboks [a] 2 (0)

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