Pienaar is Toulon's next Bok

 Sep 19,2013
Written by: Editor

According to French reports, Ulster scrum-half Ruan Pienaar is the latest Springbok to sign with European champions Toulon.

The 29-year-old's Ravenhill contract expires at the end of the current season and L'Equipe are claiming the French giants have lured him to the continent on a lucrative two-year-deal.

Pienaar, who has won 70 caps for his country, arrived at the Irish province from the Sharks in 2010 and has become a key component of Ulster's recent success on both domestic and European fronts, having scored over 500 points in just 63 appearances.

The place-kicking scrum-half was named in the Pro12 Team of the Year for two consecutive seasons and also scooped the Player of the Year award in his debut season at Ravenhill.

A move to the Stade Mayol will leave a sizeable void in Mark Anscombe's side but the financial benefits of the Top 14 look to have sealed his departure.

Last year's Heineken Cup winners have a strong South African contingent already with fellow 2007 World Cup winners Bakkies Botha, Bryan Habana, Danie Rossouw and Juan Smith already at RCT.

Pienaar would face stiff competition for the number nine jersey. Frederic Michalak, Sebastian Tillous-Borde and Michael Claassens are all on the books at the three time Top 14 winners but the experienced scrum-half could replace Jonny Wilkinson in the half-back line when the Englishman retires in May.

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