Springbok Pietersen to play in Japan

22 Apr 2013 18:18:21

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Rugby union World Cup-winning right wing JP Pietersen became the second Springbok to sign an overseas contract Monday when he revealed plans to play in Japan.

The 45-cap Coastal Sharks star, who helped South Africa win the 2007 World Cup in France, is set to move to an unnamed club after the Super 15 season and will also play in the competition next year for the Durban franchise.

Seeking a "change of environment", versatile Pietersen, 26, is following in the footsteps of Western Stormers fly-half Peter Grant, who combines Super 15 rugby with playing for Japanese side Kobe Steelers.

Northern Bulls said Monday that Springbok full-back Zane Kirchner would be joining Irish province Leinster on a two-year contract as a replacement for retiring Fiji Test player Isa Nacewa.

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