Ruan Pienaar to leave Sharks for Ulster

Ulster have confirmed the signing of Sharks star backliner Ruan Pienaar on a two year contract but the Irish club have pointed out that negotiations for his release are still ongoing with his Province the Sharks.

Ealier in the week the Sunday Tribune quoted Springbok Coach Peter de Villiers as saying that Ruan Pienaar would be moving to Northern Ireland and Ulster have confirmed that he will be joining them.

Having made his Super 14 debut with The Sharks in 2005, Ruan went on to make his first appearance for the Springboks in 2006, against New Zealand.


Ruan was a member of the victorious 2007 Rugby World Cup squad, and to date has won 36 Springbok caps and has scored 85 Test points.

Speaking about Ulster Rugby’s decision to recruit the World Cup winning Springbok, Ulster Rugby Operations Director David Humphreys remarked: “Bringing Ruan to Ulster is a massive statement of our ambition to be competing with the top teams in the Magners League and ERC.

“He is one of the most naturally gifted players in world rugby and having had huge experience at international level with the Springboks, we believe Ruan will help Ulster achieve success over the next couple of seasons.”

Ruan will be joining former Springbok and Sharks players, BJ Botha and Johann Muller, in the Ulster squad next season.

Pienaar has been moved between flyhalf and scrumhalf throughout the season and his career.

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