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Pietersen to play in Japan
April 22, 2013
The Sharks' JP Pietersen runs through Cheetahs' tackles, Cheetahs v Sharks, Super Rugby, Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein, February 23, 2013
Sharks winger JP Pietersen is seeking a "change of environment" © Getty Images
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World Cup-winning right wing JP Pietersen became the second Springbok to sign an overseas contract on Monday when he revealed plans to play in Japan.

The 45-cap Sharks star, who helped South Africa win the 2007 IRB World Cup in France, is set to move to an unnamed club after the Super 15 season and will also play in the competition next year for the Durban franchise.

Seeking a "change of environment", versatile Pietersen, 26, is following in the footsteps of Western Stormers fly-half Peter Grant, who combines Super Rugby with playing for Japanese side Kobe Steelers.

The Bulls said Monday that Springboks fullback Zane Kirchner would be joining Irish province Leinster on a two-year contract as a replacement for retiring Fiji Test player Isa Nacewa.

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