# Ruan Pienaar

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# home comforts
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.
# Welcome home
Ulster hope to build momentum as Pienaar returns to Belfast
Ulster planning to punish old boy and stay on track for play-offs.
# return to ravenhill
'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.
# Family man
'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.
# family first
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.
# pro14
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.
# Top 14
Montpellier snap up Samoan scrum-half to replace departed Pienaar
Ex-Ulster nine Pienaar has been linked with a return to the Cheetahs.
# backing
Montpellier stars Pienaar and Cruden fancy Leinster's Champions Cup chances
The Top 14 side were well beaten at Altrad Stadium yesterday.
# Team news
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.
# Kicking On
'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.
# battle of the 9s
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.
# Trading Places
'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.
# au ru-voir
'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.
# End of an era
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.
# Tourists
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.
# baabaas
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.
# Pienaar
'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.
# Goodbye
'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.
# Legend
In pics: Emotional Pienaar bids farewell to Ulster and Ravenhill
The scrum-half played his last game for the province this afternoon.
# Legend
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.
# No Luck
Olding a doubt for Ireland's summer tour after 'significant' ankle injury
The 24-year-old will see a specialist today, Ulster confirmed.
# suftum
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.
# Backline Quality
Ulster boosted by released Ireland internationals and fit-again Pienaar
Craig Gilroy is back after scoring a hat-trick last weekend in Rome.
# suftum
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.
# The Long Goodbye
'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.
# Week 2
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).
# wednesday
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.
# Exit strategy
'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.
# Great Escape
Monstrous Jackson kick completes incredible Ulster comeback
The introduction of Pienaar and the Ireland fly-half saves coach Kiss’ blushes against Oyonnax.
# Ready to go
Best and Pienaar on the bench as Ulster name team to face Dragons
Meanwhile, Rory Scholes replaces the injured Andrew Trimble on the wing.
# last stand
Matfield to captain Springboks in final game before retirement
Also, Ruan Pienaar is back in the starting line-up.
# Same Again
Same again for Springboks as they name side to face New Zealand
Ruan Pienaar must settle for a place on the bench yet again.
# On The Bench
Ruan Pienaar again left out as Springboks make three changes for Scotland
Pienaar on the bench again as Fourie du Preez captains the side.
# all about experience
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.
# Leinster's loss
Leinster lose another for the World Cup after Springboks include Kirchner
Ulster’s Ruan Pienaar is also included in the squad.
# pain
'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.
# baabaas
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.
# fightback
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.
# big win
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.