Sharks to swap Zeilinga for Pietersen?

Date published: May 27 2015

A change in fly-halves may be on the cards in South Africa, with reports suggesting Joe Pietersen and Fred Zeilinga are heading in opposite directions.

Sport24 reported earlier this month that Pietersen, the former Stormers back who has played a major role for the Cheetahs this season at fly-half, could be on his way to Durban in time for the Currie Cup later this year.

Pietersen has previously spent time in France with Bayonne and Biarritz, with any potential move to the Sharks meaning the Durban-based side would be covered when Pat Lambie goes away to the Rugby World Cup.

Meanwhile, a fresh report from Netwerk24 on Wednesday indicates that Franco Smith, the Cheetahs new head coach, has lured Zeilinga to Bloemfontein.

Given Pietersen's contract was only for Super Rugby and the Cheetahs are unable to afford his services on a longer basis, Zeilinga would expect to be the first-choice number ten during the World Cup and possibly beyond.