Springbok coach Peter de Villiers has picked him at flyhalf, but Ruan Pienaar is not concerned whether the Sharks hand him the No 9 or 10 jersey.
“The only condition is that I want to enjoy my rugby,” said Pienaar.
Joe Venter writes for Rapport that the word from coach John Plumtree is that Pienaar and his Springbok teammate Frans Steyn could both be used as flyhalves. However, Pienaar may sometimes have to play scrumhalf and Steyn will be used as an inside centre.
“Peter said he would like to see me grow as a No 10 and therefore it would probably be the right thing to wear the No 10 jersey at Super14 and provincial level,” said Pienaar.
“But as long as I enjoy my rugby I really don’t mind. It will be up to the coach and selectors who plays where.
“I know that Frans would also like to play flyhalf and the coach will probably pick him there as well. Then it’s up to us. It’s not about us, but the team.”
Plumtree won’t have the additional headache of accommodating Frenchman Frederic Michalak. No foreigner will play for the Sharks this year.
“That’s a good decision. It will give our players the opportunity to prove their mettle,” said Pienaar.
Pienaar was South Africa’s first-choice flyhalf on their Northern Hemisphere tour at the end of last season. He enjoyed an excellent tour and De Villiers hinted afterwards that he would like to see him there permanently.
South Africa already have two top scrumhalves in Fourie du Preez and Ricky Januarie.
Meanwhile, it looks like inside centre is the position being earmarked for Steyn.
Many experts believe fullback will be his best position, but veteran Stefan Terblanche give the Sharks an outstanding option there.
There is also no certainty over the position of Bok captain John Smit.
He will be used as an “all-round” player in the front row. In his regular position of hooker Bismarck du Plessis produced outstanding performances last year.Tweet