Saturday 26 May 2018

'I was not allowed stay in Ireland' - Ruan Pienaar confirms move to Montpellier

A tearful Ruan Pienaar alongside former Ulster captain Johann Muller after his farewell competitive appearance for Ulster at Kingspan Stadium. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
A tearful Ruan Pienaar alongside former Ulster captain Johann Muller after his farewell competitive appearance for Ulster at Kingspan Stadium. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Ulster's Ruan Pienaar following the match between Ulster and Leinster. Photo: Sportsfile

Harry Clarke

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."

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