Pietersen granted Japanese sabbatical

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks, Springboks, Super Rugby on 22 Apr 2013 at 13:05
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The Sharks have confirmed, via their website, that JP Pietersen will be excused from Currie Cup duties in order to take up a playing contract in Japan after the Super Rugby season.

While stopping short of announcing a fresh Sharks contract extension to go with the Japanese move, Pietersen apparently “remains committed to the Sharks and the Springboks” and said that his Japanese gig would not interfere with his duties to either side.

That contradicts what his agent said earlier; we were under the impression that Pietersen would not be available for the Rugby Championship this year.

So going on what we know for sure, we won’t see JP this Currie Cup (not that we would have anyway if he’d been with the Boks). We’ll wait and see what happens in 2014.


  • and then next year he will under perform like hoff.

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.04.13 13:24:15 by pete69 Reply
  • Sorry to say but I don’t think it’s a good move. Not one of these “Japan specials” is ever the same in super rugby.

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.04.13 13:38:33 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 2) : I reckon finacially speaking, it’s a good move. 🙂

  • Comment 3, posted at 22.04.13 13:44:50 by McLovin Reply

  • If i was a professional rugby player this would be a no-brainer for me.

    Yeah you dont get to play Bok rugby, but at least you’re spared the boredom and never-ending physical toll on the body that Super Rugby entails.

  • Comment 4, posted at 22.04.13 14:26:18 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 4) : But he will be available for Super Rugby but not for Currie Cup.

  • Comment 5, posted at 22.04.13 14:29:54 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 5) :

    Thats a shame.

  • Comment 6, posted at 22.04.13 14:58:01 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @McLovin maybe it’s a good move money wise for the player but not for the Sharks and Bokke. If you wanna play for the mighty Yen do it full time like Fourie and forget Sharks and Bok rugby, leave that to the guys staying and playing in Currie cup.

  • Comment 7, posted at 22.04.13 15:31:54 by JD Reply
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  • To me it’s a pity but now offer a gap for younger players to be blooded for S15. If more of the older guys want to spend CC season in Japan and only come back for S15 then we have the opportunity of bringing thru more talent. Might make some of the older players wake up and smell the roses.

  • Comment 8, posted at 22.04.13 16:43:54 by Caratacus Reply

  • @JD (Comment 2) : @pete69 (Comment 1) : I hope you don’t buy into Plum’s propaganda. None of those players come back in worse condition. Kanko was the one loosie that played intelligent rugga – hit rucks, scrambled defense, ran at the gaps and offloaded, and he is our top try scorer (yeah yeah, I know). Form had nothing to do with Kanko’s axing.

  • Comment 9, posted at 23.04.13 09:44:13 by King Shark Reply
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