Recently Ruan has received criticism and questions for his insistence to play scrumhalf instead of flyhalf.
People wonder why he limits his chances by refusing to become a flyhalf. Everytime he has played flyhalf for the Sharks or Boks he has shown his fans what a dynamic and talented player he is. The try he pulled off in the Bok Aussie Test is testament to the abilities this player has. But the reality sadly for his fans is Ruan loves playing scrumhalf.
Ruan has played flyhalf for both country and province and he has excelled at it. He has a mean step, nifty boot and quick eye that puts opposition backlines on the backfoot. He has done so well in the position that commentators, coaches and fans have questioned his decision to stay a scrumhalf. This week alone he has answered three fans on his website (www.ruanpienaar.co.za) “I don’t mind playing number 10, but I feel number 9 is my best position.” Last week there were reports that highlighted his passion for the number 9 jersey, when he turned down, what probably was, a lucrative offer to play flyhalf at Toulon. Recently with many South African players chasing the Euro, I respect players that stay in SA to play for their fans. And I have a new found respect for Ruan.
Currently he has endured sitting on the bench regularly, because of his decision to be a scrumhalf. His chances of being a full time starting Bok are slim with the likes of Fourie and Januarie ahead of him. Even at the Sharks Rory Kockett is challenging hard for the starters jersey. But his choice in playing scrumhalf even with the odds stacked against him shows the passion Ruan has for the game. I will hope that one day soon he may change his mind to help the Sharks and the Boks out by becoming a Flyhalf, but his commitment to play where he loves gets my respect as I know that when he runs out in the number 9 jersey he is going to give it his all.Tweet