Happy Birthday JP!

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content on 12 Jul 2012 at 10:17
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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!


  • Happy happy Japes! Enjoy the day @ BMW!

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.07.12 11:04:37 by Ice Reply
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  • All the best JPP. Enjoy it.

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.07.12 11:08:28 by Puma Reply

    PumaCurrie Cup player
  • May your BDay be blessed with a hatrick of tries against the cheetahs!!!!!

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.07.12 11:57:46 by Viking Reply
    VikingCurrie Cup player
  • Happy birthday JP!

    Been a huge fan since he first appeared as a lanky teenage fullback with pace, power and verve. Nowadays he is really standing up as a senior back and being the go-to man in the tough situations.

    Look forward to many more years for him in the Black and White.

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.07.12 12:15:06 by Big Fish Reply
    Big FishTeam captain
  • Happy B-Day JP!!!!!

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.07.12 12:19:50 by SharksRTB Reply

    SharksRTBCurrie Cup player
  • Lekker verjaar JP, Druk vir ons ‘n hattrick Saterdag!

  • Comment 6, posted at 12.07.12 12:22:31 by Pokkel Reply
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    Team captain
  • Happy birthday JP, make sure you have a reason to celebrate after the game.

    Hell but time flies, it feels like yesterday that we wished him for his last birthday.

  • Comment 7, posted at 12.07.12 12:42:10 by Salmonoid Reply

    Salmonoid the SubtleAssistant coach
  • Happy birthday JP! Hope there are many more Shark and Bok tries in your future!

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.07.12 12:47:57 by vanmartin Reply
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  • Met him at the Shark cage when he was 18/19 years old. Very humble and likeable young man. Wow can’t believe it was 7 years ago. Happy B-day JP hope we see you in the Black&White and Green&Gold for many years to come!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 9, posted at 12.07.12 13:29:36 by JD Reply
    JDTeam captain
  • Happy Birthday JPP – wishing you lots of blessings and happiness.

  • Comment 10, posted at 12.07.12 13:59:04 by Just a Fan Reply

    Just a FanCurrie Cup player
  • Happy Birthday JP! All the best for the rest of your day and career with the Sharks

  • Comment 11, posted at 12.07.12 14:40:29 by uzail Reply

  • Wow, so much experience in such a young package. The Sharks and Boks are very lucky that they will get many more years of service from JPP. Congratulations young man, you are showing leadership and maturity beyond your years, a true veteran of the game before his time.

  • Comment 12, posted at 12.07.12 15:21:52 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @uzail (Comment 11) :

    Love your avatar!! :lol:

  • Comment 13, posted at 12.07.12 15:23:42 by Pokkel Reply
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    Team captain
  • Happy birthday to my all-time favourite Sharks winger!

  • Comment 14, posted at 12.07.12 15:42:55 by Culling Song Reply
    Culling SongSuper Rugby player
  • Happy birthday JP.

    @Dancing Bear (Comment 12) : Yup it’s very hard to believe that he’s only 26 now.

  • Comment 15, posted at 12.07.12 15:47:25 by Ben Reply
    BenAssistant coach
  • Both JPP and Frans Steyn have a good chance of playing in 4 RWCs, Lambie could easily follow in their footsteps.

  • Comment 16, posted at 12.07.12 15:50:15 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • @Culling Song (Comment 14) : Not Cabous or James Small ?! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 17, posted at 12.07.12 17:09:09 by Original Pierre Reply
    Original PierreSuper Rugby player
  • @Original Pierre (Comment 17) : I think he said last time that his all time favourite Sharks winger is Dean Hall! :twisted:

  • Comment 18, posted at 12.07.12 17:52:14 by Ben Reply
    BenAssistant coach
  • @Original Pierre (Comment 17) : @Ben (Comment 18) : In my all-time favourite Sharks team, James Small would be right wing, JPP left wing, and Dean Hall would be winging it away to another continent, preferably with Marius Joubert in tow

  • Comment 19, posted at 13.07.12 06:33:19 by Culling Song Reply
    Culling SongSuper Rugby player
  • Now that the party is over, its the next morning and all that left is the knowledge that you are one year older :lol: Happy B-day JP… May this saeson be a record try-scoring blessed one….

  • Comment 20, posted at 13.07.12 07:21:43 by Franshark Reply
    FransharkTeam captain
  • @Culling Song (Comment 19) :

    No Tony Watson?? :shock:

  • Comment 21, posted at 13.07.12 08:25:32 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 21) : Tony Watson was excellent, and benefits from having scored a crucial score in an iconic game, but measured across a career, I don’t think he’s better than either JPP or James.

  • Comment 22, posted at 13.07.12 08:28:29 by Culling Song Reply
    Culling SongSuper Rugby player
  • @Culling Song (Comment 22) : Yes but it was one hellofa match to score one of the best ever Sharks tries! Just for that Tony Watson deserve to be atleast on the bench behind JP and James.

  • Comment 23, posted at 13.07.12 23:49:33 by JD Reply
    JDTeam captain
  • @JD (Comment 23) : Fair enough!

  • Comment 24, posted at 14.07.12 08:18:54 by Culling Song Reply
    Culling SongSuper Rugby player

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