According to reports today in France, Montpellier are sizing up the aquisition of Ulster scrum-half Ruan Pienaar. The South African international is out of contract with the Irish province in June.
Rugbyrama.fr are suggesting that the southern French side are keen to find a new number nine, and Pienaar tops their list.
With 135 points in 88 tests for the Springboks, Pienaar is well respected as a top scrum-half, and his ability to kick the ball is an added bonus. His versatility means that he can play at out-half when needed.
Pundit Arena is currently asking sources about the deal, and will have more about the story shortly.
If such reports are true then Pienaar will serve as another Springbok addition to Jake White’s already heavily South African orientated shed of players.
Since the World Cup winning coach made his arrival at the Stade Yves du Manoir, he has been relentless in his importation of his fellow countrymen as Montpellier have not been afraid to splash the cash on the likes of Pierre Spies, Bismarck du Plessis and Francois Steyn, all having been established Springboks internationals at certain stages of their relative careers.
This potential move will come as somewhat of a surprise given the credible off-season actions undertaken by Pienaar’s current club as the northern province have incorporated some genuine world class talent into their squad in the form of Kiwi Charles Piutau and fellow South African Marcell Coetzee.
Such inclusions to the squad will have Ulster heading into the season with serious title aspirations on both a domestic and European front as Les Kiss now has a formidable squad at his disposal.