'I was not allowed stay in Ireland' - Ruan Pienaar confirms move to Montpellier
Ruan Pienaar has completed his move from Ulster to Montpellier after signing a three-year deal with the French club.
The South African joined Ulster in 2010 but was forced to move because of the Irish Rugby Federation's rulings on foreign-born players.
"I'm really looking forward to arriving in Montpellier. This is a new challenge for me. The Montpellier Hérault Rugby is a large club, with a team composed of many world-class players. And it's also a wonderful city," said Pienaar on Montpellier's website (Quotes translated on Google).
"It is true that I played under the colors of the Ulster province for seven seasons, and that I was very attached to it. But I was not allowed to stay any longer, because of the Irish Rugby Federation rules regarding foreign players.
"Still, I spent some wonderful years in Belfast, and I hope to continue this great journey that rugby offers me here in Montpellier."