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Potential Pienaar return

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Sharks on 13 Jun 2013 at 08:40
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Ruan Pienaar, who has a single season left at Ulster before his contract expires, expressed his desire to return to South Africa to finish his career.

Pienaar has only played for the Sharks in South Africa and has made it clear that he would like to return to Durban once his contract with Ulster is finished.

Pienaar left the Sharks in 2010 and has had great success with Ulster, winning the Player of the Year award in 2011 and again reaching the Team of the Year in 2012. His play has greatly improved since he left South Africa, partly due to the fact that he has only played in one position.

Pienaar’s potential return to the Sharks might please some, but could also upset the apple cart in terms of player development. The Sharks currently have Charl McLeod and Cobus Reinach rotating at scrumhalf while Hanco Venter and Stefan Ungerer are waiting in the wings.

Both Venter and Ungerer are currently involved with the Springbok Under 20 squad taking part in the IRB Junior World Championship. Both these players are immense talents and it would be expected that one, if not both of these players would leave should the Sharks sign Ruan Pienaar on a long term contract.

Should the Sharks be serious about Pienaar’s return, one would hope that the other players in the team would all have a sit down and the future be discussed. Should Pienaar return and expect first team rugby, it could well mean the end of the road for Charl McLeod, who has fallen out of favour not only at the Sharks, but in terms of Springbok selection. Pienaar and Reinach seem like a potent combination to have rotating, but I cannot help but think that bringing Pienaar back, as good as he has been, will be a good thing for the Sharks.


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