Springboks

KP: I'll always support Springboks, even against England!

Kevin Pietersen (Gallo Images)
Kevin Pietersen (Gallo Images)

Former England international cricketer Kevin Pietersen says he will always support the Springboks, regardless of who they play. 

Register your interest for the British & Irish Lions tickets in South Africa 2021

In a light-hearted conversation with Siya Kolisi - Pietersen was hosting an Instagram Live chat with the Springbok captain on Monday - the man known as 'KP' was put on the spot! 

Pietersen left South Africa in 2000 and would go on to become one of England's greatest ever batsmen. 

In comical fashion, Pietersen stated in his chat with Kolisi that he was always a winner when the Springboks and England met. 

"When England play South Africa, whoever wins, I support. I'm allowed to," he said to laughter from Kolisi. 

"I was born in South Africa and I lived there for 20 years and I've lived in the UK now for 20 years, so whoever wins, I win."

Kolisi, though, was not accepting 'KP' sitting on the fence and went in to bat for the Springboks. 

"Who do you support ... before the game?" Kolisi probed. 

"I'll WhatsApp you after! I don't want to cause chaos!" was Pietersen's reply. 

Eventually, Pietersen buckled. 

"If the Springboks are playing, I want the Springboks to win, end of story," he said. 

"Against anyone?" Kolisi then probed further.

"Against anyone," Pietersen responded. 

"Cricket is a different thing. That was my job and who I played for and that's who gave me the most unbelievable opportunities in life.

"My passion for Springbok rugby and watching the Springboks in 1995 in the Rugby World Cup ... it is what it is. You can't change who I was for 19, 20 years because I went and plied my trade somewhere else."

Kolisi, having banked another Springbok supporter, then let Pietersen off the hook. 

"The people are happy back at home," he said. 

- Compiled by Sport24 staff

loading... Live
Everton 0
Aston Villa 0
loading... Live
Leicester City 0
Sheffield United 0
loading... Live
England 170/3 (67.3 ov)
West Indies 0
Voting Booth
What is your favourite sport to watch on TV?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Rugby
45% - 4271 votes
Cricket
11% - 1071 votes
Football
18% - 1707 votes
Athletics
2% - 190 votes
Boxing
1% - 80 votes
Cycling
2% - 194 votes
Golf
5% - 476 votes
Motorsport
8% - 730 votes
Tennis
3% - 299 votes
Water sports
1% - 70 votes
American sports
1% - 70 votes
MMA / WWE / UFC
3% - 247 votes
Vote