The Cheetahs have announced that they have acquired the services of former Springbok scrum-half Ruan Pienaar, who has joined them on a two-year contract.
Pienaar, who can also play at fly-half, represented the Springboks in 88 Test matches. He joins the Cheetahs after securing a release from his contract with Top 14 outfit Montpellier following the death of his sister in a car accident in February.
Pienaar’s experience in the PRO14 will be valuable for the Bloemfontein-based outfit as he represented the Northern Irish side Ulster in 141 matches between 2010 and 2017.
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The 35-year-old was named at scrum-half in the Magners League Team of the Year for the 2010/11 season and also scooped the Magners League player of the Year award which was voted for by his peers.
Pienaar was again selected at scrum-half for the RaboDirect PRO12 Dream Team for the 2011/12 season and was also named captain of the side.
In 2012, Pienaar played in the Heineken Cup Final, scoring 9 points in Ulster’s 42-14 defeat to Leinster. In 2013, he played in the PRO12 Final, scoring all of Ulster’s points in their 24-18 defeat against Leinster.
Between 2004 and 2010 he represented the Sharks in 32 Currie Cup games and 67 Super Rugby matches.