South Africa star JP Pietersen to join Leicester in summer
By Paul Vinnell
Last Updated: 11/01/16 12:38pm
Leicester have signed South Africa winger JP Pietersen, who will join the club in the summer.
Pietersen was a World Cup winner with the Springboks in 2007 and also played in the 2011 and 2015 competitions.
He has scored 22 tries in 66 Tests since making his international debut in 2006.
He is currently playing for Panasonic Wild Knights in Japan, but the 29-year-old will move to the Aviva Premiership ahead of the 2016-17 season.
Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill said: "We have been looking to add world-class quality throughout the squad and JP is certainly in that class.
"He has played at the very highest levels of the game for a long time but he still has a lot to offer and is keen to experience club rugby in Europe.
"JP is a world-class finisher and offers a threat in the wide channels.
"We have a strong group of players in the backline already here and with JP and Matt Toomua coming in for next season we are adding to that strength."
Pietersen said: "I'm really looking forward to joining up with a quality team like Leicester Tigers and competing for silverware in the Premiership and European Champions Cup.
"I have spent the majority of my career in South Africa and the past few years in Japan and I feel that it's a perfect time to experience something new.
"I hope to contribute to the team on and off the field in any way I can. I'm looking forward to joining the Tigers after my final Super Rugby season with the Sharks."
Meanwhile Leicester trio Adam Thompstone, Matt Smith and Telusa Veainu have all signed new contracts with the club.