Sharksworld Q&A with Ruan Pienaar

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 24 Nov 2008 at 16:33
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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,, 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.

Ruan Pienaar


  • well, there you go, guys… Ruan tries to answer as many fan questions as he can on his site, so keep checking there too.

  • Comment 1, posted at 24.11.08 16:34:39 by robdylan Reply
  • He’s a man of few words, isn’t he.
    Sooper cool that he makes the time.

  • Comment 2, posted at 24.11.08 17:09:39 by molly Reply
  • @molly (Comment 2) : Ruan’s a pretty retiring type, from what I’ve heard. He’s been doing a lot of talking between the four white lines, recently, which is great.

  • Comment 3, posted at 24.11.08 17:12:47 by robdylan Reply
  • one verbose dude..

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.11.08 17:23:21 by beez Reply
  • Not the most talkative, but thanks to Ruan for taking time off in what must be a hectic schedule to speak to the fans.

    From my side, very well done on a great tour – we will support you wherever you decide to play, but we hope it’s flyhalf! 😉

  • Comment 5, posted at 24.11.08 20:01:11 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • @Big Fish (Comment 5) : He sure looks the part and seemed to enjoy himself at flyhalf

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.11.08 21:22:19 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 6) :
    He looked the most natural SA flyhalf since Joel Stransky.

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.11.08 21:51:58 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • @Big Fish (Comment 7) : More so than Lem? Actually, to answer my own question, of course yes. Lem was not a great at 23 by any means

  • Comment 8, posted at 24.11.08 22:06:46 by robdylan Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 8) :
    Neither was he a natural flyhalf ever really – he was just so good at what he did that it didnt matter.

    Ruan passes equally well to either side, kicks with either foot, kicks consistently for poles or tactically, and does all the other feats of skill that a natural flyhalf (of which there are few) can do.

  • Comment 9, posted at 24.11.08 22:22:34 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • @Big Fish (Comment 9) : I am such a huge fan now! Fickle, aren’t I?

  • Comment 10, posted at 24.11.08 22:35:57 by robdylan Reply
  • Thanks to Ruan for taking the time to answer some questions.

    Thanks to SW for setting up the opportunity, I’d hope to think that it was a good experience for Ruan.

    Did I ask the tattoo question? I know that is one of my stardard interview questions but I can’t remember if I posed that one in the ask Ruan thread.

  • Comment 11, posted at 24.11.08 23:01:17 by Milissa (2008 CC Champs!) Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 10) :
    You’re all heart buddy – that aint the same as being fickle. 😉

  • Comment 12, posted at 24.11.08 23:09:38 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • @Big Fish (Comment 12) : More heart than brain 🙂

  • Comment 13, posted at 24.11.08 23:14:05 by robdylan Reply
  • @Big Fish (Comment 12) : @robdylan (Comment 13) :

    Get a room… 😉

    Ever the diplomat RP… awesome tour…

  • Comment 14, posted at 25.11.08 03:13:02 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • @Big Fish (Comment 9) : Neither was he a natural flyhalf ever really – he was just so good at what he did that it didnt matter

    Are we going to be saying the same thing about Ruan in the future. I certainly bloody hope so.

  • Comment 15, posted at 25.11.08 07:20:56 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • Man of few words – and lots of action.

    Well done on the tour Ruan – enjoy the rest and come back firing for the Super 14!!!

  • Comment 16, posted at 25.11.08 07:39:40 by blckshrk - BOKKE Reply
    blackshark - I'm back!
  • I think the more Ruan plays at 10, the more he will enjoy it, he has more time on the ball than at 9 and also gets to do more with the ball. He is a natural, and dare I say it, the most creative 10 in the country, despite only playing there a few times. I don’t think he will ever rival Lem for defense but you simply cannot write off what he brings on attack.

  • Comment 17, posted at 25.11.08 08:27:35 by Baldrick Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 10) :

    Do I detect yet another Love-Child in the making..?? 😉

    Correct me if I am wrong…did RP say his fav position is Scrumhalf or Flyhalf…I guess he does not have much of a choice now…if ot was SH, he should have played worse.. 😈

    In a way i am glad as I really like Cocky Rory…

    SW: Do you have any tattoos?

    RP: No, I’ll never get one. Boring…. 🙄 😆

    Thanks Ru… 😉

  • Comment 18, posted at 25.11.08 08:52:04 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 8) :

    Lem still remains my favourite Flyhalf of all times….

  • Comment 19, posted at 25.11.08 08:57:05 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply
  • I am very hurt that Rob didn’t ask him my question on the international financial crisis….

  • Comment 20, posted at 25.11.08 10:48:18 by Dive Pass Reply
    Dive Pass
  • @Ice (Bébé de Glace) (Comment 19) :

    He didn’t have any tattoos either 😛

  • Comment 21, posted at 25.11.08 10:49:21 by Dive Pass Reply
    Dive Pass
  • @Dive Pass (Comment 21) :

    Wanna bet?? 😈

  • Comment 22, posted at 25.11.08 11:04:44 by Ice (Bébé de Glace) Reply

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