JP Pietersen
Full names: Jon-Paul Roger
Date of birth: 12 Jul 1986
Place of birth: Stellenbosch
School: Generaal Hertzog
Springbok no: 775
Debut test province: Sharks
Physical: 1.9m, 93kg
Current age: 38

Test summary: Tests: 70 Tries: 24
First Test: 9 Sep 2006 Age:20 Full Back against Australia at Ellispark, Johannesburg
Last Test: 12 Nov 2016 Age:30 Left Wing against England at Twickenham, London
Test history:
09 Sep 200620Full BackAustraliaWin: 24-16 Ellispark, JohannesburgSharks
09 Jun 200720Left WingSamoaWin: 35-81 tryEllispark, JohannesburgSharks
16 Jun 200720Left WingAustraliaWin: 22-19 Newlands, Cape TownSharks
23 Jun 200720Left WingNew ZealandLose: 21-26 Kingspark, DurbanSharks
07 Jul 200720Left WingAustraliaLose: 17-25 Stadium Australia, SydneySharks
14 Jul 200721Full BackNew ZealandLose: 6-33 Lancaster Park (Jade stadium), ChristchurchSharks
15 Aug 200721Left WingNamibiaWin: 105-131 tryNewlands, Cape TownSharks
25 Aug 200721Right WingScotlandWin: 27-3 Murrayfield, EdinburghSharks
09 Sep 200721Right WingSamoaWin: 59-71 tryParc des Princes, ParisSharks
14 Sep 200721Right WingEnglandWin: 36-02 triesStade de France, ParisSharks
22 Sep 200721Right WingTongaWin: 30-25 Stade Felix Bollaert, LensSharks
30 Sep 200721ReserveUSAWin: 64-15 Stade de la Mosson, MontpellierSharks
07 Oct 200721Right WingFijiWin: 37-201 tryStade Velodrome, MarseillesSharks
14 Oct 200721Right WingArgentinaWin: 37-13 Stade de France, ParisSharks
20 Oct 200721Right WingEnglandWin: 15-6 Stade de France, ParisSharks
24 Nov 200721Right WingWalesWin: 34-121 tryMillenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffSharks
12 Jul 200822Right WingNew ZealandWin: 30-281 tryCarisbrook, DunedinSharks
19 Jul 200822Right WingAustraliaLose: 9-16 Subiaco Oval, PerthSharks
09 Aug 200822Right WingArgentinaWin: 63-92 triesEllispark, JohannesburgSharks
16 Aug 200822Right WingNew ZealandLose: 0-19 Newlands, Cape TownSharks
23 Aug 200822Right WingAustraliaLose: 15-27 Kingspark, DurbanSharks
08 Nov 200822Right WingWalesWin: 20-15 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffSharks
15 Nov 200822Right WingScotlandWin: 14-10 Murrayfield, EdinburghSharks
22 Nov 200822Right WingEnglandWin: 42-6 Twickenham, LondonSharks
20 Jun 200922Right WingBritainWin: 26-21 Kingspark, DurbanSharks
27 Jun 200922Right WingBritainWin: 28-251 tryLoftus Versfeld, PretoriaSharks
25 Jul 200923Right WingNew ZealandWin: 28-19 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinSharks
01 Aug 200923Right WingNew ZealandWin: 31-19 Kingspark, DurbanSharks
08 Aug 200923Right WingAustraliaWin: 29-17 Newlands, Cape TownSharks
29 Aug 200923Right WingAustraliaWin: 32-25 Subiaco Oval, PerthSharks
13 Nov 200923Right WingFranceLose: 13-20 Stade Municipal, ToulouseSharks
21 Nov 200923Right WingItalyWin: 32-10 Stadio Friuli, UdineSharks
28 Nov 200923Right WingIrelandLose: 10-15 Croke Park, DublinSharks
21 Aug 201024Right WingNew ZealandLose: 22-29 National Stadium, JohannesburgSharks
28 Aug 201024Right WingAustraliaWin: 44-311 tryLoftus Versfeld, PretoriaSharks
04 Sep 201024Right WingAustraliaLose: 39-41 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinSharks
13 Aug 201125Right WingAustraliaLose: 9-14 Kingspark, DurbanSharks
20 Aug 201125Right WingNew ZealandWin: 18-5 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port ElizabethSharks
11 Sep 201125Right WingWalesWin: 17-16 WestPac Stadium, WellingtonSharks
17 Sep 201125Right WingFijiWin: 49-3 WestPac Stadium, WellingtonSharks
30 Sep 201125Right WingSamoaWin: 13-5 North Harbour Stadium, North Shore CitySharks
09 Oct 201125Right WingAustraliaLose: 9-11 WestPac Stadium, WellingtonSharks
09 Jun 201225Right WingEnglandWin: 22-17 Kingspark, DurbanSharks
16 Jun 201225Right WingEnglandWin: 36-271 tryEllispark, JohannesburgSharks
23 Jun 201225Right WingEnglandDraw: 14-141 tryNelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port ElizabethSharks
10 Nov 201226Right WingIrelandWin: 16-12 Aviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road), DublinSharks
17 Nov 201226Right WingScotlandWin: 21-10 Murrayfield, EdinburghSharks
24 Nov 201226Right WingEnglandWin: 16-15 Twickenham, LondonSharks
09 Nov 201327Right WingWalesWin: 24-15 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffSharks
17 Nov 201327Right WingScotlandWin: 28-01 tryMurrayfield, EdinburghSharks
23 Nov 201327Right WingFranceWin: 19-101 tryStade de France, ParisSharks
14 Jun 201427Outside CentreWalesWin: 38-16 Kingspark, DurbanSharks
21 Jun 201427Outside CentreWalesWin: 31-30 Mbombela Stadium, NelspruitSharks
28 Jun 201427Outside CentreScotlandWin: 55-61 tryNelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port ElizabethSharks
27 Sep 201428ReserveAustraliaWin: 28-10 Newlands, Cape TownSharks
04 Oct 201428ReserveNew ZealandWin: 27-25 Ellispark, JohannesburgSharks
08 Nov 201428ReserveIrelandLose: 15-291 tryAviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road), DublinWild Knights
15 Nov 201428Right WingEnglandWin: 31-28 Twickenham, LondonWild Knights
22 Nov 201428Right WingItalyWin: 22-6 Stadio Euganeo, PaduaWild Knights
18 Jul 201529Right WingAustraliaLose: 20-24 Suncorp Stadium (Lang Park), BrisbaneWild Knights
19 Sep 201529ReserveJapanLose: 32-34 Brighton Community Stadium, BrightonWild Knights
26 Sep 201529Right WingSamoaWin: 46-63 triesVilla Park, BirminghamWild Knights
03 Oct 201529Right WingScotlandWin: 34-161 trySt James Park, NewcastleWild Knights
17 Oct 201529Right WingWalesWin: 23-19 Twickenham, LondonWild Knights
24 Oct 201529Right WingNew ZealandLose: 18-20 Twickenham, LondonWild Knights
30 Oct 201529Right WingArgentinaWin: 24-131 tryOlympic Stadium, LondonWild Knights
11 Jun 201629Right WingIrelandLose: 20-26 Newlands, Cape TownSharks
18 Jun 201629Right WingIrelandWin: 32-26 Ellispark, JohannesburgSharks
25 Jun 201629Left WingIrelandWin: 19-131 tryNelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port ElizabethSharks
12 Nov 201630Left WingEnglandLose: 21-37 Twickenham, LondonLeicester

Top 50 Boks: 36 – JP Pietersen :

Pietersen earned his first call-up to the Springbok squad at the tender age of 20 against Australia in the Tri-Nations Test in Johannesburg on September 9, 2006, where he started in the No 15 jersey. He subsequently established himself as a winger due to his sheer pace, unpredictability and nose for the try line.

At only 23, Pietersen already has World Cup, British & Irish Lions series and Tri-Nations winners’ medals in his personal collection. He showed his class in the 2007 World Cup where he scored four tries which included a brace in the Boks’ 36-0 thumping of England in the pool stages.

South Africa strolled into the knockout stages and were earmarked to ease past Fiji in their quarter-final clash in Marseille. However, with two players in the sin bin, the Islanders scored two quick tries to level the scores at 20-all.

The Boks pulled in front through a Percy Montgomery penalty before towering lock Ifereimi Rawaqa crossed the try line in the corner. Pietersen, however, managed to turn Rawaqa in the tackle and forced him to lose control of the ball before he could dot it down for the crucial score.

It proved to be the turning point of the match as the Boks went on to secure a 37-20 victory and famously went on to clinch the Webb Ellis Trophy. Pietersen also scored a memorable set piece try in the second Test of the 2009 British & Irish Lions series in Pretoria when he went through untouched to help South Africa record a series sealing 28-25 win.


  • SA Young Player of the Year nominee, 2005 & 2006;
  • Top try-scorer in the Super 14, 2007;
  • Member of the World Cup winning Springbok squad, 2007;
  • Currie Cup winner with the Sharks, 2008;
  • British & Irish Lions series winner, 2009;
  • Tri-Nations winner, 2009