RUGBY: Ruan Pienaar retires from international rugby

Ruan Pienaar
Ruan Pienaar

Ulster scrum half Ruan Pienaar has announced his retirement from international rugby.

Capped 88 times by South Africa and a member of the 2007 world cup winning squad Pienaar just wants to concentrate on helping Ulster to win silverware before he departs Belfast at the end of the season.

“I think that’s probably it. I’m happy with my decision, I’ll put my energy into Ulster now and whatever is waiting for me in the next year or two.

“ I’m still supporting the guys but that’s probably the end,” said Pienaar.

Pienaar’s removal from Ulster has caused huge controversy but he was overwhelmed by the support he received from the Kingspan faithfully.

“The first week when everything broke out was quite emotional but the support has been fantastic, the way they responded to that.

“It’s sad that this will be my last season but I want to enjoy the last couple of months that I have left.

“I will just play as well as I possibly can, the emotions will come out towards the end of the season when I realise I’ve only got a handful of games left.

“For now, it’s about performing well and enjoying it.”

And Pienaar sits out tonight’s Pro12 game in Connacht.

“I think I played 80 minutes in every game up until Ospreys.

“I’m now just trying to get me a bit fresher with some time away,.

“And with Paul not having played for a month or so it’s a good opportunity for him to get game time before we head into Europe. I’m enjoying the week off.”