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#Ruan Pienaar

# ruan-pienaar - Saturday 22 February, 2020

No winning Belfast return for Pienaar as Ulster claim victory over Cheetahs

Tries from Ireland prop Tom O’Toole and winger Robert Baloucoune sent Ulster ten points clear of the Cheetahs.

Ulster hope to build momentum as Pienaar returns to Belfast

Ulster planning to punish old boy and stay on track for play-offs.

# ruan-pienaar - Wednesday 19 February, 2020

'We do miss everyone here, we miss Belfast' - Pienaar speaks out ahead of return with Cheetahs

The scrum-half speaks to The42 ahead of the Pro14 clash between sides old and new.

# ruan-pienaar - Thursday 28 November, 2019

'You've got to respect the decision that David Nucifora made' - Ruan Pienaar

The 35-year-old is now back in South Africa after the IRFU performance director forced him to leave Ulster in 2017.

# ruan-pienaar - Saturday 5 October, 2019

Pienaar intent on enjoying remaining days in rugby after tragedy took him back to South Africa

The former Ulster legend will face the northern province in Bloemfontein today.

# ruan-pienaar - Wednesday 10 July, 2019

Major coup for Pro14 outfit Cheetahs as Pienaar returns home

The former Ulster scrum-half has signed for the South African side after a spell in France with Montpellier.

# ruan-pienaar - Friday 28 June, 2019

Montpellier snap up Samoan scrum-half to replace departed Pienaar

Ex-Ulster nine Pienaar has been linked with a return to the Cheetahs.

# ruan-pienaar - Sunday 21 January, 2018

Montpellier stars Pienaar and Cruden fancy Leinster's Champions Cup chances

The Top 14 side were well beaten at Altrad Stadium yesterday.

# ruan-pienaar - Friday 19 January, 2018

Pienaar returns from injury as Montpellier name star-studded side for Leinster

Aaron Cruden, Frans Steyn and Nemani Nadolo all included in Vern Cotter’s explosive backline.

# ruan-pienaar - Thursday 12 October, 2017

'It’s a lot different to what Belfast was like' - Pienaar aiming to make an impression on return to Ireland

The Ravenhill favourite is settling into life with Montpellier, who face Leinster this weekend.

# ruan-pienaar - Wednesday 11 October, 2017

McGrath relishing scrum-half battle with 'one of the best' Pienaar

The Leinster nine knows he’ll have to be on top of his game against Montpellier on Saturday.

# ruan-pienaar - Tuesday 15 August, 2017

'I'd rather fill big boots than small ones. It's a big challenge but that's what I'm here for'

John Cooney has no fear of taking on Ruan Pienaar’s role at the Kingspan stadium.

# ruan-pienaar - Tuesday 13 June, 2017

'I wasn't allowed to stay with Ulster any longer': Montpellier confirm three-year contract for Ruan Pienaar

Vern Cotter is assembling quite the crop of Galacticos in the south of France.

# ruan-pienaar - Thursday 1 June, 2017

Barbarians spoil the party as Ruan Pienaar waves goodbye to Ulster with defeat

The province bid farewell to the South African scrum-half tonight ahead of his move to France.

# ruan-pienaar - Wednesday 31 May, 2017

This Barbarians XV doesn't look likely to go easy on Ulster for Pienaar's farewell

Mike Ross, Roger Wilson and Thierry Dusautoir will be playing their final game of rugby tomorrow.

# ruan-pienaar - Tuesday 9 May, 2017

Pienaar set to play for and against Barbarians before Belfast farewell

Pienaar and Piutau have joined Bundee Aki and Thierry Dusautoir in Vern Cotter’s squad.

# ruan-pienaar - Monday 8 May, 2017

'As players, we’re annoyed. We don’t understand the decision'

Luke Marshall said Ulster’s squad have frustrations over Ruan Pienaar being forced to leave by the IRFU.

# ruan-pienaar - Sunday 7 May, 2017

'He’ll be a big loss on and off the field' - Ulster will miss Pienaar

The 33-year-old scrum-half checked out with a classy performance against Leinster.

# ruan-pienaar - Saturday 6 May, 2017

In pics: Emotional Pienaar bids farewell to Ulster and Ravenhill Legend This post contains images

In pics: Emotional Pienaar bids farewell to Ulster and Ravenhill

The scrum-half played his last game for the province this afternoon.

Ulster give Pienaar a winning farewell as Leinster miss out on top spot

The South African made a classy assist for Andrew Trimble’s crucial try.

# ruan-pienaar - Wednesday 3 May, 2017

Olding a doubt for Ireland's summer tour after 'significant' ankle injury

The 24-year-old will see a specialist today, Ulster confirmed.

# ruan-pienaar - Saturday 18 February, 2017

Five-star Ulster leapfrog Glasgow and close the gap on Pro12 leaders

Les Kiss’s side ran out convincing winners at Kingspan Stadium this afternoon.

# ruan-pienaar - Tuesday 14 February, 2017

Ulster boosted by released Ireland internationals and fit-again Pienaar

Craig Gilroy is back after scoring a hat-trick last weekend in Rome.

# ruan-pienaar - Wednesday 26 October, 2016

Is this Ulster's season? Departing Pienaar would love to help the province end their drought

The South-African believes the northern province are in a good position to challenge for silverware.

# ruan-pienaar - Friday 7 October, 2016

'I have been here for so long it was a bit of a disappointment that I couldn't stay'

Ulster star Ruan Pienaar is still focused on the task ahead, despite his future being away from the northern province.

# ruan-pienaar - Monday 12 September, 2016

Pienaar's leadership, super Sweetnam and more of the weekend's Pro12 highlights Week 2 This post contains videos

Pienaar's leadership, super Sweetnam and more of the weekend's Pro12 highlights

All of the action from Week 2 (if you can bear to watch it again).

# ruan-pienaar - Wednesday 31 August, 2016

We'll Leave It There So: Hendrick seals move, Pienaar refused Ulster deal and today's sport Wednesday This post contains videos

We'll Leave It There So: Hendrick seals move, Pienaar refused Ulster deal and today's sport

Elsewhere, Connacht get extra seats at the Sportsground, Conor Lane will referee the All-Ireland SFC final and Ireland’s fans prepare to show their appreciation for Robbie Keane as he ends his international career tonight.

'I wanted to stay' - IRFU rules forcing Ulster star Ruan Pienaar to leave

Veteran scrum-half set to leave Ravenhill at the end of the season.

# ruan-pienaar - Sunday 10 January, 2016

Monstrous Jackson kick completes incredible Ulster comeback

The introduction of Pienaar and the Ireland fly-half saves coach Kiss’ blushes against Oyonnax.

# ruan-pienaar - Friday 6 November, 2015

Best and Pienaar on the bench as Ulster name team to face Dragons

Meanwhile, Rory Scholes replaces the injured Andrew Trimble on the wing.

# ruan-pienaar - Wednesday 28 October, 2015

Matfield to captain Springboks in final game before retirement

Also, Ruan Pienaar is back in the starting line-up.

# ruan-pienaar - Wednesday 21 October, 2015

Same again for Springboks as they name side to face New Zealand

Ruan Pienaar must settle for a place on the bench yet again.

# ruan-pienaar - Wednesday 30 September, 2015

Ruan Pienaar again left out as Springboks make three changes for Scotland

Pienaar on the bench again as Fourie du Preez captains the side.

# ruan-pienaar - Wednesday 16 September, 2015

Leinster's Zane Kirchner named in most experienced Springbok side ever for World Cup opener

Meyer’s team has a whopping 880 test caps between them.

# ruan-pienaar - Friday 28 August, 2015

Leinster lose another for the World Cup after Springboks include Kirchner

Ulster’s Ruan Pienaar is also included in the squad.

# ruan-pienaar - Wednesday 27 May, 2015

'This one hurts the most' - Pienaar on Ulster's latest play-off upset

The South Africa international admits to some bitterness at the late penalty decision in the defeat to Glasgow.

# ruan-pienaar - Sunday 24 May, 2015

The Barbarians have a hugely strong squad to face Joe Schmidt's Ireland

Brad Thorn and Ruan Pienaar are in the finalised squad to face Joe Schmidt’s side.

# ruan-pienaar - Friday 27 February, 2015

Dominant second half drives Ulster to important win over Scarlets

Neil Doak’s side had to recover from a half-time deficit at Kingspan Stadium.

# ruan-pienaar - Friday 20 February, 2015

McCloskey sees red but 13-man Ulster cling on for a big win in Edinburgh

Tries from Pienaar and Cave see Ulster join Glasgow at the top of the Pro12 table.

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