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JP Pietersen to play for Leicester after Super Rugby

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Springboks and Sharks winger JP Pietersen has agreed to play in England for
Leicester Tigers after the 2016 Super Rugby season.

The South African Rugby World Cup winning winger JP Pietersen will play his
final season of Super Rugby with the Sharks in 2016 and then make the move to
England.

Currently playing club rugby in Japan with Panasonic Wild Knights, the 29-year-old
Pietersen was South Africa Players’ Player of the Year in 2012.

Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill said, “We have been
looking to add world-class quality throughout the squad and JP is certainly
in that class.

“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 that strength. “

Pietersen, who played with Natal and the Sharks in South Africa, said, “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. “

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