Springboks call up JP Pietersen

Date published: September 15 2014

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JP Pietersen has been called up by Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer for Saturday's clash with Australia to replace Ruan Pienaar.

JP Pietersen has been called up by Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer for Saturday's clash with Australia to replace Ruan Pienaar.

The South Africa scrum-half injured his knee during this weekend's 14-10 loss to New Zealand and has been ruled out of the rest of the tournament.

However with Francois Hougaard and Cobus Reinach already in the squad, Meyer decided he wanted more cover in the outside backs than at scrum-half, so went for Pietersen who has been unavailable until now due to club commitments in Japan.

Having spent most of his time with the Springboks on the wing, Pietersen was used at outside centre during the June Tests, and Meyer explained that he could be asked to cover both roles during the final two games of the competition.

“JP has always been part of our plans and did very well in June playing at outside centre,” Meyer said.

“We've got two scrumhalves in the squad in Francois Hougaard and Cobus Reinach and decided it would be better to bring in an outside back who covers wing and outside centre.”

South Africa welcome Australia to Cape Town in a fortnight, before entertaining New Zealand the following week in Johannesburg.

The All Blacks could have already sealed the Rugby Championship by that game on October 4, with a bonus-point win in Argentina enough to clinch title regardless of what happens in Cape Town.

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