We’d like to wish one of our favourite Sharks a very happy 26th birthday.
Jon-Paul Roger Pietersen, these days known simply JP (or “Paula” to his team mates) was born on this day back in 1986. As part of the extended rugby dynasty that produced former Natal wing Christy Noble, he was probably always destined for greatness, although lost his way somewhere between his family home in Stellenbosch and Generaal Hertzog High School in Witbank, where he matriculated.
It was thanks to the talent-spotting genius of erstwhile Sharks coach Dick Muir that JP was plucked from the obscurity of club rugby – where he was playing lock – and turned into an international hero at initially fullback and later wing. Pietersen has played for the Boks in 45 test matches since 2006, scoring 14 tries in the process.
To celebrate the run-up to his big day, JP has scored tries in each of his last three games and I guess we can offer him no better wish for the day than for him to cap off a memorable week with another one this weekend. Veëls geluk, JP!Tweet