Ulster quiet on Ruan Pienaar's future
September 20, 2013
Ruan Pienaar has been linked with a move to Toulon © Getty Images
Ulster have stayed quiet on the future of their star No.9 Ruan Pienaar amid widespread reports he has penned a two-year deal with Heineken Cup champions Toulon.
Pienaar's contract is up at the end of the season and reports on Thursday in L'Equipe suggested he has already committed his future to the Top 14 big spenders. And Midi Olympique added on Friday, he has given his word to Mourad Boudjellal's side via email.
But Ulster have declined to comment on these reports, according to the Irish press, so a cloud of uncertainty still hangs over the head of one of the province's top players.
If the move does become a reality, it would be a massive blow for Ulster. He has been one of their stand-out players since moving to the province in 2010 and helped guide them to the Heineken Cup final in 2012 and the last stage of the RaboDirect PRO12 in 2013. He has predominantly played at scrum-half for the province but can also cover No.10.
And with Jonny Wilkinson in probably his final season at Toulon, Pienaar, who has 70 caps for South Africa, could cover his departure or take on the scrum-half berth. Toulon already have a number of Springboks on their books with Bakkies Botha, Juan Smith, Michael Claassens, Danie Rossouw, Bryan Habana and Joe van Niekerk all lining up for the team.
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