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From Kick Off To Campus: Rugby World Cup Winner To Join Harvard Business School

South African Rugby World Cup winner JP Pietersen has announced plans to embark on a new venture away from the game by joining Harvard Business School

Fri Sep 29 2023

JP Pietersen, a former South African rugby winger who won the Rugby World Cup in 2007, has announced he will soon be joining Harvard Business School (HBS).

Pietersen, whose full name is Jon Paul Roger Pietersen, played 70 times for the Springboks and retired in 2021. He announced the news via a post on his Instagram page.

While it is unclear which program 37-year-old Pietersen enrolled in, he expressed excitement at the prospect of a new chapter with the prestigious M7 Business School.

“I've met the most inspiring people this week in Boston and I'm so excited for this new journey of learning,” he said. He went on to thank HBS for the opportunity.

Several former teammates of Pietersen congratulated him on his new venture into the business world.

The move continues an ongoing trend at Harvard, in which several celebrities have announced their involvement with the school in 2023.

In January, media personality Kim Kardashian gave a talk on marketing to Harvard MBA students while convicted fraudster Anna Delvey was also invited to speak to the MBA class.

Toto Wolff, the highly successful principal of the Mercedes Formula 1 team, announced earlier this year that he would be teaching a leadership class at the historic business school. Former F1 driver Nyck de Vries also announced he would be attending the school.

While attracting celebrities, Harvard is also mired in a controversial lawsuit after an HBS professor was accused of academic fraud. Francesca Gino, an expert in behavioral science, allegedly fabricated research results and faces possible tenure revocation as a result. However, Gino has responded with a $25 million lawsuit claiming she is the victim of a smear campaign.

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