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#Ruan Pienaar

# ruan-pienaar - Saturday 22 February, 2020

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

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

Feb 22nd 2020, 9:59 PM 11,065 Views 6 Comments

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
# Welcome Home
# Welcome Home

Ulster hope to build momentum as Pienaar returns to Belfast

Feb 22nd 2020, 7:30 AM 4,705 Views 1 Comment

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
# Return To Ravenhill
# Return To Ravenhill

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

Feb 19th 2020, 6:50 AM 7,766 Views 10 Comments

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
# Family Man
# Family Man

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

Updated Nov 28th 2019, 3:00 PM 31,775 Views 30 Comments

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
# Family First
# Family First

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

Oct 5th 2019, 7:30 AM 18,403 Views 11 Comments

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
# Pro14
# Pro14

Major coup for Pro14 outfit Cheetahs as Pienaar returns home

Jul 10th 2019, 4:00 PM 8,874 Views 10 Comments

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
# Top 14
# Top 14

Montpellier snap up Samoan scrum-half to replace departed Pienaar

Jun 28th 2019, 12:19 PM 7,441 Views 3 Comments

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
# Backing
# Backing

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

Jan 21st 2018, 7:40 AM 9,632 Views 16 Comments

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
# Team News
# Team News

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

Jan 19th 2018, 1:35 PM 9,986 Views 10 Comments

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
# Kicking On
# Kicking On

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

Oct 12th 2017, 5:42 PM 9,874 Views 0 Comments

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
# Battle Of The 9s
# Battle Of The 9s

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

Oct 11th 2017, 7:00 AM 6,962 Views 23 Comments

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'
# Trading Places
# Trading Places

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

Aug 15th 2017, 9:57 AM 7,605 Views 7 Comments

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
# Au Ru-voir
# Au Ru-voir

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

Jun 13th 2017, 1:46 PM 9,460 Views 13 Comments

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
# End Of An Era
# End Of An Era

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

Jun 1st 2017, 9:30 PM 9,188 Views 2 Comments

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
# Tourists
# Tourists

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

May 31st 2017, 6:11 PM 9,207 Views 9 Comments

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
# Baabaas
# Baabaas

Pienaar set to play for and against Barbarians before Belfast farewell

May 9th 2017, 1:42 PM 6,240 Views 6 Comments

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'
# Pienaar
# Pienaar

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

May 8th 2017, 1:01 AM 17,848 Views 41 Comments

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
# Goodbye
# Goodbye

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

May 7th 2017, 7:30 AM 5,983 Views 20 Comments

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
# Legend

In pics: Emotional Pienaar bids farewell to Ulster and Ravenhill

May 6th 2017, 8:22 PM 10,351 Views 21 Comments

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
# Legend
# Legend

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

May 6th 2017, 7:08 PM 9,886 Views 50 Comments

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
# No Luck
# No Luck

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

May 3rd 2017, 11:18 AM 4,371 Views 3 Comments

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
# Suftum
# Suftum

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

Feb 18th 2017, 5:38 PM 8,692 Views 17 Comments

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
# Backline Quality
# Backline Quality

Ulster boosted by released Ireland internationals and fit-again Pienaar

Feb 14th 2017, 12:17 PM 9,041 Views 15 Comments

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
# Suftum
# Suftum

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

Oct 26th 2016, 7:30 AM 3,729 Views 5 Comments

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'
# The Long Goodbye
# The Long Goodbye

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

Oct 7th 2016, 7:30 AM 6,828 Views 9 Comments

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
# Week 2

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

Sep 12th 2016, 7:26 PM 6,896 Views 1 Comment

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
# Wednesday

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

Aug 31st 2016, 7:58 PM 17,494 Views 1 Comment

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
# Exit Strategy
# Exit Strategy

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

Aug 31st 2016, 9:27 AM 18,153 Views 70 Comments

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
# Great Escape
# Great Escape

Monstrous Jackson kick completes incredible Ulster comeback

Jan 10th 2016, 3:23 PM 38,324 Views 98 Comments

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
# Ready To Go
# Ready To Go

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

Nov 6th 2015, 5:02 PM 5,386 Views 12 Comments

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
# Last Stand
# Last Stand

Matfield to captain Springboks in final game before retirement

Oct 28th 2015, 5:40 PM 6,849 Views 3 Comments

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
# Same Again
# Same Again

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

Oct 21st 2015, 10:50 AM 2,489 Views 1 Comment

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
# On The Bench
# On The Bench

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

Sep 30th 2015, 5:53 PM 6,769 Views 10 Comments

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
# All About Experience
# All About Experience

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

Sep 16th 2015, 1:02 PM 7,022 Views 21 Comments

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
# Leinster's Loss
# Leinster's Loss

Leinster lose another for the World Cup after Springboks include Kirchner

Aug 28th 2015, 5:57 PM 6,661 Views 7 Comments

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
# Pain
# Pain

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

May 27th 2015, 6:00 PM 4,397 Views 9 Comments

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
# Baabaas
# Baabaas

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

May 24th 2015, 8:08 PM 12,491 Views 15 Comments

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
# Fightback
# Fightback

Dominant second half drives Ulster to important win over Scarlets

Feb 27th 2015, 9:31 PM 4,623 Views 6 Comments

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
# Big Win
# Big Win

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

Feb 20th 2015, 9:44 PM 7,337 Views 24 Comments

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

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