Ruan Pienaar’s first appointment on his return to Belfast was to meet with Ulster director of rugby, David Humphreys .
The offices at the Belfast training base are referred to within the organisation as the ‘White House’ and the South African and Humphreys were expected to discuss future contract terms at the club.
While Pienaar was playing with South Africa in the Rugby Championship, French media reports speculated he had agreed a move to Heineken Cup holders and Top 14 side, Toulon.
Pienaar’s current contract with Ulster is due to expire in June 2014 and a local daily paper claimed a two year deal was already done with Toulon and the Springbok was leaving Ulster.
However, the News Letter reported at the time that the IRFU had given leave to Ulster to talk to Pienaar about extending his contract beyond the Rugby World Cup in 2015.
Yesterday, French media reported that Toulon were now chasing Castres scrumhalf, Rory Kockott.
That would indicate that Pienaar’s deal is far from done and that he could yet sign for a further stay with the Ravenhill club....unless another of the big French money clubs weighed in with another tempting offer.