Ruan Pienaar says his move to flyhalf for the Springbok tour to the United Kingdom is a “bit of a trial”, but he is positive about trying out his new position next month.
The Pretoria News reports that Pienaar made it clear earlier this year that he wanted to concentrate on playing at scrumhalf, which is where he starred for the Sharks in the last few weeks of the Currie Cup this season.
But the talented 24-year-old utility back said he was looking forward to wearing the No 10 jersey.
Tri-Nations flyhalves Butch James and Peter Grant were both left out of the Bok squad named on Saturday night.
“I have spoken to Bok backline coach Dick Muir a lot about playing at flyhalf, and he said that going forward, the Bok management saw me as a flyhalf,” said Pienaar. “I have said in the past that I wanted to specialise at scrumhalf, but I am willing to give flyhalf a go.
“Dick and (Bok coach) Peter de Villiers told me that they want to build combinations on this tour ahead of the Lions series next year, so it is a bit of a trial for me. We’ll see how it goes and take it from there.”
Pienaar, who has 24 Test caps, is ideally suited to De Villiers’s attacking style that he is trying to implement at the Boks. His ability to create and attack the opposition backline was perfectly illustrated during Saturday’s Currie Cup triumph over the Blue Bulls, when he scored the opening try.
Pienaar appeared to be in some heavy traffic when he picked up the ball from the base of a ruck about 15m from the tryline, but somehow he managed to step inside and beat Victor Matfield and Pierre Spies for a wonderful touchdown.
“One is always excited to talk about running rugby, and the Boks are trying to play that kind of game,” he said.
“Obviously it depends on the situation in the match and the conditions, but the Boks do want to attack a lot more, which suits me.”
Pienaar, of course, has the added responsibility of goalkicking on the tour. Weather conditions in the UK at this time of the year will make it a tough job
The Boks face Wales next Saturday, Scotland on November 15 and England the week after.Tweet