Pienaar Signs for Ulster Amongst Heineken Cup Uncertainty
Ruan Pienaar, the South African star scrum-half at Ulster, has signed a new three year deal with the club. The deal comes after reports that the 29 year old would sign for Toulon when his current contract with Ravenhill expires at the end of this season.However, Pienaar has chosen to stay in Belfast in a move which is sure to be welcome for the club about to go into the Heineken Cup.
Due to international commitments with the Spingboks Pienaar has not played for the province this season and only returned to Belfast last Monday.
He then held talks with Ulster director of rugby, David Humphreys, and signed the new deal despite the on-going uncertainty over the future of the Heineken Cup.
The team are sure to be thrilled with his decision ahead of this Friday’s Heineken Cup opener against Leicester Tigers. Two seasons ago Pienaar helped the team reach the Heineken Cup finals in which they were defeated by Leinster. Last year he was instrument in the team reaching the final of the Pro12 competition which they again lost the Leinster.
The new deal guarantees Pienaar’s position at the club until June 2017.