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Francois Pienaar: Playing against Munster was one of the best moments of my career

Published 06/04/2014 | 17:49

South African World Cup winning captain Francois Pienaar has revealed that one of his greatest ever experience in his playing career was coming up against Munster.

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During his days with Saracens, Pienaar lost by a point on two occasions. He ranks Munster's 31-30 victory over his side in 2000 having beaten then 35-34 at Vicarage Road earlier on in the group stages of the Heineken Cup as a special moment.

"It was probably one of my greatest ever rugby experiences coming to play against Munster," he told

"The whole atmosphere, the game was on tenterhooks, we had the lead but in the end we lost by a point.

"The respect of the game from the people and their love of the game. The way they treat opposition when they come to Ireland is something special.

"Losing is never part of the script and I don't like losing but if you have to lose after such an occasion you can doff your cap."

Watch the clip above to see what Pienaar made of Ireland's Six Nations triumph and why he had so much admiration for Peter Stringer.

On Thursday at the Neil Hoey Lecture Room in the Long Room Hub, TCD, World Cup-winning Springbok captain Francois Pienaar (right) launched the One Young World summit to be held in Dublin from October 15-18.

The great South African flanker is one of the iconic figures in world sport and, with last year's event held in Johannesburg, it was entirely fitting that the baton from that event should be passed on to Dublin 2014 by a man who continues to epitomise all that is great about the Rainbow Nation.

The summit is expected to attract some 1,200 delegates from over 190 countries to Dublin. Previous counsellors to a charity that gathers together the brightest young people in the 18-30 age category have included Jack Dorsey, Richard Branson and Arianna Huffington.

For more information on One Young World see

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