Ruan Pienaar’s Next Club Confirmed

Ruan Pienaar has completed a move to French Top 14 side Montpellier on a three-year deal.

Pienaar spent seven seasons with Ulster and had been keen to extend his stay with the Belfast club. But the Irish RFU told Ulster they could not retain the 33-year-old, due to their succession policy.

Pienaar has said he would like to return to Ulster in a coaching capacity at some stage.

They have also captured French number eight Louis Picamoles from Northampton and All Blacks outhalf Aaron Cruden. Former Scotland coach Vern Cotter has also joined as their new head coach.

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