Watch: Ruan Pienaar Was In Tears As He Said Goodbye To Ulster In Final Interview
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Ruan Pienaar has played his final game in an Ulster jersey. The South African scrumhalf is being forced to leave after seven seasons with the northern province.
The inspirational nine has been refused the opportunity to finish his career with the Ulster after the IRFU made it clear that he must move on as a result of their succession policy.
69 mins | @PaulMarshall9 replaces Ruan Pienaar who will be saying farewell to Ulster in a few weeks. What a reception! #SUFTUMLive #legend pic.twitter.com/YODGniGj5H
— Ulster Rugby (@UlsterRugby) May 6, 2017
Pienaar has admitted that being forced to uproot his young family has made the IRFU’s decision to end his time in Belfast all the more difficult to stomach. At 32 years of age, his next contract is likely to be his last.
In his final post-match interview, a teary eyed Pienaar said his thanks to the Ulster faithful. A man still clearly trying to come to terms with having to leave.