Ruan Pienaar signs new three-year contract with Ulster

Last Updated: 08/10/13 10:37pm

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Ruan Pienaar: New contact with Ulster

Ruan Pienaar: New contact with Ulster

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South Africa star Ruan Pienaar has signed a new three-year deal with Ulster, ending speculation that he would join European champions Toulon.

The scrum-half was widely reported to have agreed a two-year deal with Toulon, where he would have potentially formed a half-back partnership with Jonny Wilkinson.

Pienaar joined Ulster ahead of the 2010-11 season and the new deal keeps him at Ravenhill until the summer of 2017.

Piennar told the club's website: "I am delighted to be staying at Ulster. I have really enjoyed my first three seasons at the Province and I am looking forward to helping the team compete for silverware in the coming years."

Ulster's Director of Rugby David Humphreys said: "To be successful, you need top-class players, therefore I am extremely pleased that Ruan, who is one of the best scrumhalves anywhere in the world, is extending his time with us.

Huge lift

"The announcement of this contract will give everyone at Ulster Rugby - the players, the staff and the fans a huge lift, especially as it had been wrongly reported that Ruan would be leaving us.

"It was no surprise to us that his services were coveted by other clubs, but we always knew that what we could offer him in terms of a great playing squad, a world class stadium and state-of-the-art training facilities would be enough to make him want to stay.

"Ruan's decision to commit to three more years at Ravenhill is a huge endorsement of what we are doing at Ulster and I have no doubt that he will be a key part of our success in the coming seasons."

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