Cape Town - English club Leicester Tigers have announced the
signing of that Springbok wing JP Pietersen.
According to Leicester’s official website, Pietersen will
join them ahead of the 2016/17 season.
Pietersen was part of the triumphant Springbok squad in the
2007 World Cup and also played in the 2011 tournament in New Zealand and in
2015 in England. He has scored 22 tries in 66 Tests since making his
international debut in 2006.
Currently playing club rugby in Japan with Panasonic Wild
Knights, the 29-year-old Pietersen was South Africa Players' Player of the Year
"We have been looking to add world-class quality
throughout the squad and JP is certainly in that class,” said Leicester Tigers
director of rugby Richard Cockerill.
"He has played at the very highest levels of the game
for a long time but he still has a lot to offer and is keen to experience club
rugby in Europe.
"JP is a world-class finisher and offers a threat in
the wide channels.
"We have a strong group of players in the backline already
here and with JP and Matt Toomua coming in for next season we are adding to
Pietersen, who played for the Sharks in South Africa,
commented: "I'm really looking forward to joining up with a quality team
like Leicester Tigers and competing for silverware in the Premiership and
European Champions Cup.
"I have spent the majority of my career in South Africa
and the past few years in Japan and I feel that it's a perfect time to
experience something new.
"I hope to contribute to the team on and off the field
in any way I can. I'm looking forward to joining the Tigers after my final
Super Rugby season with the Sharks."
At Leicester, Pietersen will join compatriot and former
Springbok captain Jean de Villiers, who already plies his trade with the