JP Pietersen: I know what to expect from World Cup

The right wing says he is a very different player to the one who made his World Cup debut in Paris.

FILE: JP Pietersen (centre) scores a try during the Autumn International rugby union Test match between Ireland and South Africa at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin in November 2014. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - JP Pietersen says he has come a long way since making his first Rugby World Cup appearance in 2007.

The then 21-year-old had just burst onto the scene, helping the Springboks to their second title.

Pietersen says he is now a very different player to the one that played that final in Paris.

"I was still young; I didn't know what the World Cup was. I was just keen to play for South Africa. Now I know what to expect for myself, I know myself better. I get myself in good condition and ready."

With just days to go until the start of the 2015 edition, Pietersen says now it is all about fine tuning.

"We sorted out smaller details about our attack and our defence to get the quick balance. The most important thing for us is focusing ourselves. Everybody knows his place to want to play the first game."

Tired of all the buildup and anticipation, Pietersen says the players just want to get onto the plane.

"We can't wait for the World Cup to start. We've been training hard for the last five weeks. The excitement to start the game is there. We grew as a group for the last five weeks. I think the blend of the group has been good and we're just ready to go and start our first game with Japan."