Ruan Pienaar has signed Ulster extension

The 29 year old Ruan Pienaar has signed a three year contract extension with Ulster until 2017.

“I am delighted to be staying at Ulster. I have really enjoyed my first three seasons at the province and I am looking forward to helping the team compete for silverware in the coming years,” said Pienaar.

“To be successful, you need top-class players, therefore I am extremely pleased that Ruan, who is one of the best scrumhalves anywhere in the world, is extending his time with us,” added Ulster director of rugby David Humphreys.

“The announcement of this contract will give everyone at Ulster – the players, the staff and the fans a huge lift, especially as it had been wrongly reported that Ruan would be leaving us.

“It was no surprise to us that his services were coveted by other clubs, but we always knew that what we could offer him in terms of a great playing squad, a world class stadium and state-of-the-art training facilities would be enough to make him want to stay.

“Ruan’s decision to commit to three more years at Ravenhill is a huge endorsement of what we are doing at Ulster and I have no doubt that he will be a key part of our success in the coming seasons.”

The Springbok has been at Ulster since the start of the 2010/11 season

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