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Ruan to join Muller & Botha in September


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Sharks, Springboks on 28 Jul 2010 at 17:49
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Ruan Pienaar’s departure date has been confirmed.

Springbok scrum-half Ruan Pienaar will officially join Ulster at the start of September after a release date from his contract with Natal Sharks was agreed.

BBC Sport reports that World Cup winner Pienaar is currently part of the South Africa squad taking part in the Tri-Nations tournament.

While his Ulster contract will begin on 1 September, he will be available for South Africa if named in the 22 for the test against Australia on 4 September.

Pienaar is therefore likely to miss the Magners League opener against Ospreys.

The 26-year-old, who has agreed a two-year contract with the Irish province, is one of the most highly regarded half-backs in world rugby and can play at either scrum-half or fly-half.

Pienaar made his debut for South Africa in the 2006 Tri-Nations and was a member of the successful 2007 World Cup squad.

He will join fellow Springboks Johann Muller and BJ Botha at Ravenhill next season.

Pienaar’s arrival from the Sharks will fill the void left at number nine by the departure of Isaac Boss to Irish provincial rivals Leinster.

Ulster Rugby Operations Director David Humphreys said he was “delighted to have concluded negotiations around Ruan’s move to Ulster”.

“I would like to thank the Natal Sharks for their help in the matter and for agreeing to Ruan’s early release from his Sharks contract.

“He is without doubt one of the biggest signings made in Ulster Rugby’s history and I’m confident that he will be a key asset to us,” he added.

Pienaar said he was “very excited about the change”.

“I have been thinking about going to the Northern Hemisphere for a couple of seasons now and when the opportunity to join Ulster came up I was very interested.”



54 Comments

  • :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:

  • Comment 1, posted at 28.07.10 17:51:07 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • cheers Ru. Good luck.

    And with that, I’m happy for him never to pull on the Sharks jersey again, starting this weekend.

  • Comment 2, posted at 28.07.10 18:02:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • Another player who had a bright future is Bok rugby, willingly giving it up…WHY?

  • Comment 3, posted at 28.07.10 18:03:02 by Just a Fan Reply

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  • @Just a Fan (Comment 3) : Money, money, money…

  • Comment 4, posted at 28.07.10 18:14:25 by lostfish Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Nasty….

  • Comment 5, posted at 28.07.10 18:18:35 by Baldrick Reply

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  • @lostfish (Comment 4) : Professional era. Who amongst the SW bloggers never chased filthy lucre or showed allegiance to a company when there was more to be made elsewhere?

    And who amongst us has a limited professional lifespan of 10-12 years?

  • Comment 6, posted at 28.07.10 18:20:04 by Baldrick Reply

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  • @Baldrick (Comment 6) : Oh I am not knocking it at all, but they all seem to say the same thing – I want a different experience. It would be refreshing to hear the truth and hear- same job better pay…

  • Comment 7, posted at 28.07.10 18:27:27 by lostfish Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) :

    The next bok match is on 21 Aug. that means we have 3 rounds including this weekend where we can use Ruan.

    He can be a very valuable asset to us in that time. He doesn’t have to start any of the games but he could be a valuable bench player in that time.

  • Comment 8, posted at 28.07.10 18:41:24 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Good luck Ruan.

    Creates some finality for Shark and Bok rugby though; just like the Frans situation – stop trying to mould the wunderkind into the team at any cost, and play with the hand you have been dealt.

  • Comment 9, posted at 28.07.10 18:42:05 by Big Fish Reply
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  • I wonder if Div will select him for the Tri Nations now. I think its time Hougaard and Pretorius got a chance.
    I think Sarel will be great at Bok level. He is quite nippy and makes things happen!

  • Comment 10, posted at 28.07.10 18:42:33 by wpw Reply
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  • Good luck Ru..

    I hope they put him in one position and leave him there!!

  • Comment 11, posted at 28.07.10 18:46:36 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • cheers Ru – thanx for some good memories and good luck up there :razz:

  • Comment 12, posted at 28.07.10 22:26:33 by rekinek (Go Klose!) Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : jeez :roll:

  • Comment 13, posted at 28.07.10 22:27:15 by rekinek (Go Klose!) Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 7) : i don’t think that just money is always the case – It’s probably combination of different experience, money and in Pienaar’s case having enough of not being settled in one position.

  • Comment 14, posted at 28.07.10 22:29:32 by rekinek (Go Klose!) Reply
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  • @rekinek (Go Klose!) (Comment 14) : Probably also a chance to get away from the limelight. I somehow don’t think he likes being the object of talk.

  • Comment 15, posted at 29.07.10 07:26:39 by Baldrick Reply

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  • @rekinek (Go Klose!) (Comment 13) : nah, it’s nothing personal. Just that I don’t see what we have to gain from playing a guy who we know is leaving. Might as well develop our own talent further.

  • Comment 16, posted at 29.07.10 07:56:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Well said. And have to agree with you.
    I really liked him.. WAS a big fan… Not so much anymore.
    Cheers Ruan. Good Luck!!!

  • Comment 17, posted at 29.07.10 07:58:17 by SharksRTB Reply

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  • At last, one less moaner…

  • Comment 18, posted at 29.07.10 08:01:15 by Charlie Reply

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  • Good luck Ruan…

  • Comment 19, posted at 29.07.10 08:13:09 by Pokkel Reply
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  • If we are not in the running anymore, then let him go and develop a youngster. If we are in the running (and we should be) then pick the best team to win the CC.

    Winning the cup should be the priority.

  • Comment 20, posted at 29.07.10 08:14:55 by MysticShark Reply
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  • @MysticShark (Comment 20) : Ruan won’t be around for the finals so I tend to agree with Rob that Charl should start and maybe use Ruan as cover on the bench for 9 and 10.

  • Comment 21, posted at 29.07.10 08:21:22 by Pokkel Reply
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  • well good luck ruan,
    unfortunatly another Brent Russel gone!

  • Comment 22, posted at 29.07.10 08:21:55 by Uli Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 21) : What I meant was that he should not be dropped out of spitefulness, but rather based on sound reasoning. With Mcloud looking good and Meyer not to shabby, I agree that the bench is probably the right position for Ruan.

  • Comment 23, posted at 29.07.10 08:27:32 by MysticShark Reply
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  • @MysticShark (Comment 23) : We agree then…he’s been great for the Sharks and should leave feeling appreciated.

  • Comment 24, posted at 29.07.10 08:29:18 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Rob those are some harsh words, but you have to remember that Ruan was messed around between playing at 9 and 10. He expressed his desire to rather play at 9 but certain people insisted that he has what it takes to be a world class flyhalf. And sure you can make the argument that he must be a team player and play where he is needed but that does not always work now does it. So rather cut the guy some slack…

    Thanks for everything Ruan and hope you can play to your full potential out North. Good Luck

  • Comment 25, posted at 29.07.10 08:43:12 by Farlington Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 24) : yes. Good old Ruan! Three cheers

  • Comment 26, posted at 29.07.10 08:43:26 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 26) : You’re a miserable sarcastic old fart :???:

  • Comment 27, posted at 29.07.10 08:48:27 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Good Luck Ruan. Hope you have an awesome time. And if u decide to come back, keep the Black & White in mind :smile:

  • Comment 28, posted at 29.07.10 08:53:00 by Jarson Reply
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  • @Farlington (Comment 25) :

    He was needed at 10. What ever happened to the team comes first??

  • Comment 29, posted at 29.07.10 08:53:23 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 29) : he played at 10 – don’t you remember :grin:

  • Comment 30, posted at 29.07.10 09:00:22 by rekinek (Go Klose!) Reply
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  • @MysticShark (Comment 20) : I agree on best team – and Ruan is our best 9. CC is a long competition nothing wrong with Cahrl spending some time on the bench every now and then – resting resources.

  • Comment 31, posted at 29.07.10 09:02:03 by rekinek (Go Klose!) Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 29) : Just because he was needed at 10 does not make him a 10. :roll: And when he could not live up to expectation especially with the boot he was critized. His form dropped and alot of poeple forgot all the good he did when he played at 9.

  • Comment 32, posted at 29.07.10 09:32:13 by Farlington Reply

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  • Ruan was and is a good player.

    Unfortunately he wasn’t the best 9 in the country, playing behind the world’s best, while there was a time when Rory was also better.

    He was also a good 10, but again, not the best, especially under pressure.

    So good luck to him: he should make the money and see the world.

    But let’s not pretend that he did everything he could have to take his chances and is just an innocent victim.

    Morne Steyn is the same age and played 10,12 and 15. And he played behind Liefling, Meisiekind and some solid fullbacks. Yet here he stands.

    So Ruan leaves with my best wishes, but I come to bury Ruan, not to praise him and decry the entire rugby administratin for his ills.

  • Comment 33, posted at 29.07.10 09:54:21 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 33) : the idea is not to lash the adminstrators but to send teh guty off with some gratitude – like Muller or Carstens and any other player leaving sharks. and he is one of the best leaving so.

  • Comment 34, posted at 29.07.10 10:00:08 by rekinek (Go Klose!) Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 27) : I’m not that old :)

  • Comment 35, posted at 29.07.10 10:32:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 33) : you’re just a cut above the herd, aren’t you? :)

    Class.

  • Comment 36, posted at 29.07.10 10:33:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Rob its unfortunate you think like that! why so?

  • Comment 37, posted at 29.07.10 10:46:40 by ruggabugga Reply

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  • :lol:

    Nice to know the little touches don’t go unappreciated.

    We should be gentle on the NRU here: they did agree painlessly to an early release: yet again, and unlike with all OUR acquistions.

    For Dolphie is an honourable man.

  • Comment 38, posted at 29.07.10 10:54:47 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 38) : or maybe he sees the same wholes in his contracts as his lawyers point in others.

    but true – very practical approach.

  • Comment 39, posted at 29.07.10 10:56:34 by rekinek (Go Klose!) Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 38) : Sharks are always VERY fair when a player wants to leave, even if it is a senior. Agree we must give them that.

  • Comment 40, posted at 29.07.10 11:04:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 33) : I hope you aren’t raising Morne Steyn onto Mt Olympus?

  • Comment 41, posted at 29.07.10 11:05:21 by Baldrick Reply

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  • @ruggabugga (Comment 37) : I see every game in the Currie Cup as an opportunity to learn something and to develop our squad further. Giving gametime to a player who is leaving to me just seems like a waste.

  • Comment 42, posted at 29.07.10 11:06:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Baldrick (Comment 41) : let’s hope the Bulls turn out to be wrong about this and that JLP is a better flyhalf after all :)

  • Comment 43, posted at 29.07.10 11:07:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • Balders, I’m not a big Morne Steyn fan. As shown recently, FDP and a dominant pack is necessary to accomodate his decision-making and open-play creativity deficiencies. He is not by any means a complete footballer – but a great kicker. I hope we have a better flyhalf for next year.

    But that is really my point: he doesn’t have near the talent that Ruan does: but he has accomplished what he has.

    Restpec

  • Comment 44, posted at 29.07.10 11:10:40 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 44) : there is something to be said for rewording a hard work despite less (I’m wary to use word limited) talent resources.

  • Comment 45, posted at 29.07.10 11:19:31 by rekinek (Go Klose!) Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 40) : Question must be raised why players want to leave the sharks? :???:

  • Comment 46, posted at 29.07.10 11:40:47 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @rekinek (Go Klose!) (Comment 45) : agree

  • Comment 47, posted at 29.07.10 11:40:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 46) : yes, I suppose they must. And you won’t universally find the same reason. But it is true that players seem far less likely to leave the Bulls to go overseas… must be something to that.

  • Comment 48, posted at 29.07.10 11:42:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 48) : Vic did, Bakkies tried, Wickus did, FDP is. There are plenty if you give it some thought.
    Whacko Jaco, Kees Lensing, Liefling and probably a few more..

  • Comment 49, posted at 29.07.10 11:44:57 by Baldrick Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 48) : From everything I`ve read about Frans Steyn I can say that he sounds very happy in France after his stint with the sharks and bokke.
    He raves about the relaxed atmosphere and freedom to ” give it a go”.
    You think we put too much pressure on our players in the Sharktank or could he just not handle it?

  • Comment 50, posted at 29.07.10 11:45:43 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 50) : I don’t think the Sharks is the most highly-presurrised environment you’re likely to find in professional rugby!

  • Comment 51, posted at 29.07.10 11:50:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 51) : a liitle pressure would do them good though.

  • Comment 52, posted at 29.07.10 11:52:02 by rekinek (Go Klose!) Reply
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  • @rekinek (Go Klose!) (Comment 52) : Agree

  • Comment 53, posted at 29.07.10 11:57:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • Oh well another bites Ulster dust
    Well good luck Ruan we will miss u well most of us and thanks for the Black and White games :cry:

    But sth tells me that he’ll never play again after 2 years he going on pension (well maybe) :sad: and my what a way to retire with a lot of money money in a rugby guys world :roll: ;-)

  • Comment 54, posted at 29.07.10 21:21:33 by chaz Reply

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