Ruan Pienaar is back from playing a starring role in the Boks 3-0 clean sweep up North and managed to jot down some answers to the questions we sent through to him a few weeks ago. Thanks to Ruan’s official site, www.ruanpienaar.co.za, for making this possible.
Sharksworld: In a setup like the Sharks, a big union with various talents in every position, how do you scrumhalves get along? Is it everyone for himself, or do you guys help each other with tips etc?
Ruan Pienaar: We all get along and try to help each other where we can!
SW: What do you consider to be the best try you ever scored? A couple pop into my mind, THAT try against the brumbies in 2005, against England in SA last year, but which one did you enjoy the most?
RP: I enjoyed the try against the Brumbies because it was my first run-on game for the Sharks.
SW: How much of rugby these days is mental preparation and how much physical and skills? Do you put a lot of emphasis on mental preparation, if so how and do you do it with external help (expert)?
RP: I just try and relax during the week and focus on focus on what I need to do to prepare well for the weekend.
SW: Us supporters start supporting a team from a young age and we tend to stick to that team through thick and thin, even if we want to we can’t stop supporting them. How does this work with professional rugby players? I am sure you supported a specific team when you were young, maybe not the team you play for now, but once you retire you may have played for a few provincial teams. Who do you support then?
RP: I was born in Bloem so was a big Free State supporter, but I am a Shark now!
SW: Where do you keep you world cup winners medal?
RP: With my dad’s medals in Bloem.
SW: How do the players adjust from being sworn enemies in the CC Final to teammates for the Boks within a week?
RP: It’s a professional game, but we all get along well.
SW: What really gets under your skin?
RP: People who aren’t honest.
SW: Do you have any tattoos?
RP: No, I’ll never get one.
SW: If you didn’t play rugby, what would you do?
RP: I really don’t know.
SW: Who do you hang out with in your team? Or do you guys even ever hang out outside of practice and sharks events?
RP: Yes, we do and I get on really well with most of the guys in the team, which is great!
SW: How do you feel about being selected as the first-choice Springbok flyhalf? Do you think that if you manage to secure a regular position at flyhalf in the national side, it might make you rethink your decision to focus on scrumhalf at provincial level?
RP: It’s a big challenge for me, I guess I have to see how it goes in these three games. (* I guess Ruan answered this question before turning in three sublime performances at flyhalf on the tour!)
SW: What do you feel was the most important factor in the Sharks’ success in this years’s Currie Cup?
RP: We all played as a team and I think that was the biggest part.
Thanks so much for taking the time to chat to us, Ruan and enjoy your well-earned break.Tweet