Ruan to be an Ulsterman?

Written by Clayton Saville (Clayton(PJLD))

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 14 Apr 2010 at 16:15

Ruan Pienaars recent return to form seems to have once again raised his stocks in the northern hemisphere and if rumours are to be believed the highly talented scrumhalf\flyhalf is off to Ireland.

The Irish Times today reported that the 26 year old Pienaar is on the verge of signing with Irish giants Ulster and his departure from the Shark Tank is a mere formality, the Irish club want Pienaar to replace Isaac Boss who has signed for Leinster.Scottish scrumhalf Mike Blair was originally linked to Ulster but that deal fell through.

None of this is confirmed but Sharksworld will keep you update with any information as it comes forward.


  • Not good news at all if it’s true.
    If it is true, i’m really suprised with the world cup around the corner.

  • Comment 1, posted at 14.04.10 16:21:10 by Bump Reply
  • if true 🙁

  • Comment 2, posted at 14.04.10 16:25:39 by rekinek Reply
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  • If this is true, than I say, good riddance. Seriously, who cares anymore. I’m so tired of trying to keep these guys in a team they don’t want to be in.
    We have good enough scrummies, if it is true, then its to bad we waisted time playing him to gain form, when we could have picked someone who won’t just leave.

  • Comment 3, posted at 14.04.10 16:27:51 by Letgo Reply
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  • They go for the money, but as I would understand it from other players who has gone before, comes back with just about nothing, because the living costs goes up as the salary goes up. You earn euro’s, and you spend euro’s. He gave up on the Springbok thing when he decided he doesn’t want to try 10 anymore. du preez is a definate, morne is not.

  • Comment 4, posted at 14.04.10 16:30:34 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 3) : easy now, dont let your emotions cloud your judgement, I for one am hoping this is not true and it actually does not make sense as Ruan has looked a much happier and confident player this year, not someone who is looking to leave in a huff

  • Comment 5, posted at 14.04.10 16:31:07 by war1 Reply
  • I don’t want him to leave, I like Ruan, but I’d be pretty mad if he is leaving. After all this debate and time spend on him, it would really suck if he left. 👿

  • Comment 6, posted at 14.04.10 16:33:10 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 3) : agree with you. would be a loss for us, but rather pick a guy that wants to be there. And rory, there was a rumour a few months ago, if i remember correctly, just before we went on tour, that he was also on his way. hope not!! Give Guy or Ross, whoever plays scrummie (both look alike to me)the chance to grow in the position with Rory and Charl.

  • Comment 7, posted at 14.04.10 16:33:56 by VanWilder Reply

  • @war1 (Comment 5) : its quite inevitable that most of the players will leave for their pension in europe, but i think what letgo is trying to say, is that we cant do anything about it, so why make a fuss?

  • Comment 8, posted at 14.04.10 16:37:17 by VanWilder Reply

  • @war1 (Comment 5) : i also see your point, why leave when the player that youve been playing in the shadow of your whole springbok career is going to japan?

  • Comment 9, posted at 14.04.10 16:39:47 by VanWilder Reply

  • @VanWilder (Comment 9) : exactly, and ruan just looks a happier player now than last year for example

  • Comment 10, posted at 14.04.10 16:40:53 by war1 Reply
  • I think that Rory is a much better player than Ruan and more importantly he is more consistent.

    One bad kicking game and he got dropped from the side.

  • Comment 11, posted at 14.04.10 16:41:05 by wpw Reply
  • Would he really leave before the world cup??

  • Comment 12, posted at 14.04.10 16:46:20 by lostfish Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 11) : you only say so because you would prefer him to play against stormers 😈

    rory had good S14 2008 and to me never really duplicated it, the only thing that would justify keeping him in the starting line-up was his kicking. He showed some nice touches coming off the bench though.

  • Comment 13, posted at 14.04.10 16:46:44 by rekinek Reply
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  • @VanWilder (Comment 8) : I understand the frustration, but the comment did not come across that well, we still love you Ru 😉

  • Comment 14, posted at 14.04.10 16:47:03 by war1 Reply
  • @war1 (Comment 14) : and rory too :mrgreen:

  • Comment 15, posted at 14.04.10 16:49:47 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 15) : yeah, rory too

  • Comment 16, posted at 14.04.10 16:52:46 by war1 Reply
  • Yeah well I suspected that he would make a move. Perhaps this is why he is playing so well recently… I mean the negotiations must have been going on for some time now.

    O well if he does leave, then good luck to him… thanks for the memories and hope you enjoy yourself.

  • Comment 17, posted at 14.04.10 16:54:46 by Farlington Reply

  • oh well……next please

  • Comment 18, posted at 14.04.10 16:56:43 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Afternoon everyone :mrgreen:

  • Comment 19, posted at 14.04.10 16:59:52 by Chaz Reply

  • @Chaz (Comment 19) : good afternoon

  • Comment 20, posted at 14.04.10 17:00:40 by war1 Reply
  • @Chaz (Comment 19) : helooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  • Comment 21, posted at 14.04.10 17:01:29 by rekinek Reply
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  • At the beginning of every year there’s tons of fresh blood entering the world of rugby ripe for the picking.

    Watch some high school rugby and you’ll easily identify the future talent. Just fix the academy or send them to Mexted’s academy.

    Btw, will Ruan really pass on a chance to play in the 2011 wc?

  • Comment 22, posted at 14.04.10 17:03:19 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • well that is bad just bad 🙁
    now how much must us as shark supporters take gee can’t they just leave us alone if its not the local sides buying into the other local sides then it the abroad clubs [email protected] just leave our good players alone please 👿 😥

  • Comment 23, posted at 14.04.10 17:04:36 by Chaz Reply

  • @Letgo (Comment 4) : that is so true and in the end they say never ever again 🙁

  • Comment 24, posted at 14.04.10 17:05:44 by Chaz Reply

  • @rekinek (Comment 21) : :mrgreen: 😉

  • Comment 25, posted at 14.04.10 17:06:03 by Chaz Reply

  • @war1 (Comment 20) : 😉

  • Comment 26, posted at 14.04.10 17:06:21 by Chaz Reply

  • @war1 (Comment 14) : me to 😆 but gee all our good players are going one by one is there not something else that we are missing ❓ is the reason why our players are going 😕 just don’t know 😉

  • Comment 27, posted at 14.04.10 17:09:51 by Chaz Reply

  • i can’t really see him going before the WC 2011 🙁 just can’t 😥

  • Comment 28, posted at 14.04.10 17:11:06 by Chaz Reply

  • @Chaz (Comment 27) : i disagree with it. It’s only Frans that left last year, Muller now and perhaps Ruan. It’s not that bad comparing to other unions (eg Lions :mrgreen: )

  • Comment 29, posted at 14.04.10 17:14:12 by rekinek Reply
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  • @Chaz (Comment 27) : yes what we are missing are the millions of euros the european clubs get to spend.

    In this day and age most of the players are going to go for the money. I don’t care who you are, you offer to pay someone 3 times what he is earning to do the exact same job, he is going to take the better paying job.

  • Comment 30, posted at 14.04.10 17:20:44 by lostfish Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 29) : true but still 😉

  • Comment 31, posted at 14.04.10 17:27:51 by Chaz Reply

  • @lostfish (Comment 30) : 🙁 so true i surpose me would do the same if lots of money was thrown in my hands 😉

  • Comment 32, posted at 14.04.10 17:29:53 by Chaz Reply

  • Hello Chaz!! 😉

  • Comment 33, posted at 14.04.10 17:37:11 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 33) : how are you my friend
    gee me like that pic 😆
    so tell me something are you going to watch your game or do you have something else to do 😳
    Hey jokes me friend :mrgreen: 😉

  • Comment 34, posted at 14.04.10 17:41:57 by Chaz Reply

  • He must have been offered some serious cash if the rumours are true !

    ……realistically he must have had the word that he is not going to make the Bok starting line up ahead of the Bulls pairing.

  • Comment 35, posted at 14.04.10 18:05:35 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 35) : mmmm 🙁

  • Comment 36, posted at 14.04.10 18:06:45 by Chaz Reply

  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 35) : They have to throw more money at the players, the weather is disgusting.

  • Comment 37, posted at 14.04.10 18:45:48 by lostfish Reply
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  • @lostfish (Comment 37) : You don’t go to Belfast to work on your tan ! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 38, posted at 14.04.10 18:52:33 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • Will be interesting to see how he kicks when everyone is silent everytime he kicks for posts. Now that is pressure.:mrgreen:

  • Comment 39, posted at 14.04.10 19:24:36 by Treehugger Reply

  • @Treehugger (Comment 39) : yes it must be but will be 🙁 to see him go
    and one more thing me want to know are you new because never seen the name before 😳

  • Comment 40, posted at 14.04.10 19:33:26 by Chaz Reply

  • Well see you tomorrow cheers
    and last
    :mrgreen: GO SHARKS GO :mrgreen:

  • Comment 41, posted at 14.04.10 19:48:52 by Chaz Reply

  • I have suspected that Ruan will leave after Fransie left last year. Although I don,t think Ulster is a big deal but Muller is going there and they are friends so it makes sense.
    Nothing keeps Ruan at Sharks now I am afraid.
    As for Springboks I feel Ruan gave up after last Nov. He has been dissapointed by the way he was treated and rightly so and what’s more he doesn’t trust DIV any more. This is quite sad news for SA .I am a big fan of RP but DIV and co. weren’t able to use his talent and abilities.

  • Comment 42, posted at 14.04.10 20:43:18 by tedanica Reply
  • eThekwini will be missing Ruan if he leaves…

  • Comment 43, posted at 14.04.10 21:08:07 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @tedanica (Comment 42) : @FireTheLooser (Comment 43) : me don’t blame him if he does go will miss him alot if its not the money to deal with then the players don’t get enough play time etc and then to deal with some that don’t trust the players me don’t blame them at all 😳 😉

  • Comment 44, posted at 14.04.10 21:12:40 by Chaz Reply

  • @Chaz (Comment 44) : It’s not like they’re being paid peanuts playing locally.

    Frans Steyn is earning R7,3 mil for his 3yr contract in France, during his three years he’ll probably play no more than 1,5 yrs of rugby.

    I think these sportsmen are money hungry and chasing after the American dream.

  • Comment 45, posted at 14.04.10 21:22:42 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 45) : There is no American Dream, its all a ruse. 😐

  • Comment 46, posted at 15.04.10 08:15:09 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 46) : Exactly, pie in the sky….the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow….but they’ll always chase it.

  • Comment 47, posted at 15.04.10 08:18:18 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 47) : 😕 😐 😯

  • Comment 48, posted at 15.04.10 08:30:16 by Letgo Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 45) : Just out of interest, does anyone actually know how much our players are paid?

  • Comment 49, posted at 15.04.10 08:38:23 by justinwhufc Reply

  • @justinwhufc (Comment 49) : I’m not too sure, I know Mapoe was offered R1,4 mil for a contract with the Bulls, but I’m not sure if that’s per year or per 2 years.

  • Comment 50, posted at 15.04.10 08:50:59 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 47) @Letgo (Comment 48) : : and so they should. Rugby players have a very short career in years and they could get injured tomorow and then what do they have? They would have been playing, when normally theY would have been studying, so they must make as much money and the thing we keep forgetting is this is now a proffesional sport. There is no loyalty. Those days are long gone. I say good luck to him!! I just hope he makes the big moola and is happy over there!!

  • Comment 51, posted at 15.04.10 08:59:07 by Whindy Reply
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  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 50) : And after tax that would come down substantially. Would be interesting to know how much the top sharks guys are earning, and the kind of packages we have to put together to try fend off oversea’s offers for our players.

  • Comment 52, posted at 15.04.10 09:02:24 by justinwhufc Reply

  • Ruan would be foolish to go just a year before the world cup. Then maybe with a wc medal he is not too worried.

    Would be a huge loss to the Sharks.

  • Comment 53, posted at 15.04.10 09:19:37 by Puma Reply

  • all this will be after the rwc. so why panic? ruan isn’t going to give up a chance at 2 rwc golds for cash.

  • Comment 54, posted at 15.04.10 09:27:54 by try time Reply

  • Ruan would be a huge loss but in Kockott, Macleod and Cronje we have some quality backup.

    Good luck to him if it works out.

  • Comment 55, posted at 15.04.10 10:26:23 by Oubaas2009 Reply

  • @Puma (Comment 53) : At last a face to the name 😀

  • Comment 56, posted at 15.04.10 10:33:30 by Pokkel Reply
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