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Ruan Pienaar’s Availability Stokes Interest Of Premiership Club

Ruan Pienaar will leave Ulster at the end of the season.

Ulster fans were left in a state of shock this week, when the IRFU stamped their authority over the province by refusing to sanction an extension of Ruan Pienaar’s contract.

Since joining Ulster in 2010, the South African scrum half has become an iconic figure among supporters, who vented their frustration during last night’s game against the Newport Gwent Dragons.

Nevertheless, the IRFU will stand firm on the issue, despite Pienaar’s desire to stay at the Kingspan Stadium.

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Inevitably, Pienaar’s availability has stoked the interest of a number of clubs, with Montpellier believed to be leading the chase to sign the 88 times capped Springbok international.

Given the South African influence at the Top 14 club, such a link would make sense, and it would allow Pienaar to play under World Cup winning Springbok coach, Jake White.

However as is the case in modern rugby, nothing can be taken for granted. Indeed a player of Pienaar’s experience and talent will interest a number of clubs.

It was therefore unsurprising to see the scrum half linked with a move to the Exeter Chiefs in The Telegraph.

Although they included little else, a player of Pienaar’s vision and speed of thought would suit the way in which the Chiefs approach the game.

Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena

 

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.