#RWC10: JP Pietersen reflects on Paris Rugby World Cup win
The Springbok winger says he is shocked it’s been a decade since they lifted the William Webb Ellis trophy at the Rugby World Cup.
CAPE TOWN - Springbok winger JP Pietersen says he is shocked it’s been a decade since they lifted the William Webb Ellis trophy at the Rugby World Cup in France.
“Can’t believe it’s been ten years since we won the Rugby World Cup in Paris.”
Pietersen was one of the younger players in the squad but he played a pivotal role in the Springboks success, he scored four tries and made a critical tackle against Fiji in the quarter-final.
“What stands out for me of the whole experience, was when we played against Fiji and obviously I made that try-saving tackle in the corner but also the day before we saw how New Zealand and Australia got knocked out and we knew we had a good chance of winning the World Cup.”
The 100kg winger was capped 70 times for the Springboks and he says as a rookie amongst the more experienced players is something he cherishes.
“As a 21-year-old, to play in the biggest competition in world rugby and to win alongside your mentors and heroes is something truly special that I will remember for the rest of my life.”
Pietersen would have been happy just being in the squad but says having played so many minutes makes the tournament even more special.
”As I look back on the World Cup, as a youngster just to be involved in something you could never have dreamed of. But to actually be part of it and play in all the games, to play in the final is something that you will never forget.”
He is now plying his tried in France playing for the [powerful French club Toulon, Pietersen scored 25 tries for the national side.