Ruan Pienaar
Full names: Ruan
Date of birth: 3 Oct 1984
Place of birth: Bloemfontein
School: Grey College
Springbok no: 779
Debut test province: Sharks
Physical: 1.87m, 90kg
Current age: 30

Test summary: Tests: 80 Tries: 8
First Test: 26 Aug 2006 Age:21 Reserve against New Zealand at Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Last Test: 13 Sep 2014 Age:29 Scrumhalf against New Zealand at WestPac Stadium, Wellington
Test history:
26 Aug 200621ReserveNew ZealandLose: 26-45 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaSharks
02 Sep 200621ReserveNew ZealandWin: 21-20 Royal Bafokeng Stadium, RustenburgSharks
09 Sep 200621ReserveAustraliaWin: 24-16 Ellispark, JohannesburgSharks
11 Nov 200622ReserveIrelandLose: 15-32 Aviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road), DublinSharks
18 Nov 200622ReserveEnglandLose: 21-23 Twickenham, LondonSharks
26 May 200722ReserveEnglandWin: 58-10 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinSharks
02 Jun 200722ReserveEnglandWin: 55-22 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaSharks
09 Jun 200722ReserveSamoaWin: 35-8 Ellispark, JohannesburgSharks
16 Jun 200722ScrumhalfAustraliaWin: 22-19 Newlands, Cape TownSharks
23 Jun 200722ScrumhalfNew ZealandLose: 21-261 penaltyKingspark, DurbanSharks
07 Jul 200722ScrumhalfAustraliaLose: 17-25 Stadium Australia (Telstra), SydneySharks
14 Jul 200722ScrumhalfNew ZealandLose: 6-33 AMI Stadium (Lancaster Park), ChristchurchSharks
15 Aug 200722ReserveNamibiaWin: 105-131 tryNewlands, Cape TownSharks
25 Aug 200722ReserveScotlandWin: 27-3 Murrayfield, EdinburghSharks
14 Sep 200722ReserveEnglandWin: 36-0 Stade de France, ParisSharks
22 Sep 200722Full BackTongaWin: 30-252 triesStade Felix Bollaert, LensSharks
30 Sep 200722ReserveUSAWin: 64-15 Stade de la Mosson, MontpellierSharks
14 Oct 200723ReserveArgentinaWin: 37-13 Stade de France, ParisSharks
24 Nov 200723Full BackWalesWin: 34-12 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffSharks
07 Jun 200823ReserveWalesWin: 43-17 Free State Stadium, BloemfonteinSharks
21 Jun 200823ReserveItalyWin: 26-0 Newlands, Cape TownSharks
12 Jul 200823ReserveNew ZealandWin: 30-28 Carisbrook, DunedinSharks
19 Jul 200823ReserveAustraliaLose: 9-16 Subiaco Oval, PerthSharks
30 Aug 200823ReserveAustraliaWin: 53-81 tryEllispark, JohannesburgSharks
08 Nov 200824FlyhalfWalesWin: 20-152 conversions, 2 penaltiesMillenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffSharks
15 Nov 200824FlyhalfScotlandWin: 14-103 penaltiesMurrayfield, EdinburghSharks
22 Nov 200824FlyhalfEnglandWin: 42-61 try, 3 conversions, 3 penaltiesTwickenham, LondonSharks
20 Jun 200924FlyhalfBritainWin: 26-212 conversions, 3 penaltiesKingspark, DurbanSharks
27 Jun 200924FlyhalfBritainWin: 28-25 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaSharks
04 Jul 200924ReserveBritainLose: 9-28 Ellispark, JohannesburgSharks
25 Jul 200924FlyhalfNew ZealandWin: 28-191 try, 1 penaltyFree State Stadium, BloemfonteinSharks
08 Aug 200924ReserveAustraliaWin: 29-17 Newlands, Cape TownSharks
29 Aug 200924Full BackAustraliaWin: 32-25 Subiaco Oval, PerthSharks
05 Sep 200924Full BackAustraliaLose: 6-21 Suncorp Stadium (Lang Park), BrisbaneSharks
21 Nov 200925ReserveItalyWin: 32-101 conversionStadio Friuli, UdineSharks
28 Nov 200925ReserveIrelandLose: 10-15 Croke Park, DublinSharks
05 Jun 201025FlyhalfWalesWin: 34-312 conversions, 4 penaltiesMillenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffSharks
12 Jun 201025ReserveFranceWin: 42-171 conversionNewlands, Cape TownSharks
19 Jun 201025ReserveItalyWin: 29-13 Puma Stadium, WitbankSharks
26 Jun 201025ReserveItalyWin: 55-112 conversionsBasil Kenyon Stadium, East LondonSharks
10 Jul 201025ReserveNew ZealandLose: 12-32 Eden Park, AucklandSharks
17 Jul 201025ReserveNew ZealandLose: 17-31 WestPac Stadium, WellingtonSharks
24 Jul 201025ScrumhalfAustraliaLose: 13-30 Suncorp Stadium (Lang Park), BrisbaneSharks
06 Nov 201026ScrumhalfIrelandWin: 23-21 Aviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road), DublinUlster
13 Nov 201026ScrumhalfWalesWin: 29-25 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffUlster
20 Nov 201026ReserveScotlandLose: 17-21 Murrayfield, EdinburghUlster
27 Nov 201026ScrumhalfEnglandWin: 21-11 Twickenham, LondonUlster
23 Jul 201126ScrumhalfAustraliaLose: 20-39 Stadium Australia (Telstra), SydneyUlster
30 Jul 201126ScrumhalfNew ZealandLose: 7-40 WestPac Stadium, WellingtonUlster
17 Sep 201126ReserveFijiWin: 49-3 WestPac Stadium, WellingtonUlster
22 Sep 201126ReserveNamibiaWin: 87-06 conversionsNorth Harbour Stadium, North Shore CityUlster
09 Jun 201227ReserveEnglandWin: 22-17 Kingspark, DurbanUlster
16 Jun 201227ReserveEnglandWin: 36-27 Ellispark, JohannesburgUlster
23 Jun 201227ReserveEnglandDraw: 14-14 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port ElizabethUlster
18 Aug 201227ReserveArgentinaWin: 27-6 Newlands, Cape TownUlster
25 Aug 201227ReserveArgentinaDraw: 16-16 Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, MendozaUlster
08 Sep 201227ScrumhalfAustraliaLose: 19-26 Subiaco Oval, PerthUlster
15 Sep 201227ScrumhalfNew ZealandLose: 11-21 Forsyth Barr Stadium, DunedinUlster
29 Sep 201227ScrumhalfAustraliaWin: 31-83 conversionsLoftus Versfeld, PretoriaUlster
06 Oct 201228ScrumhalfNew ZealandLose: 16-32 National Stadium, JohannesburgUlster
10 Nov 201228ScrumhalfIrelandWin: 16-121 tryAviva Stadium (Lansdowne Road), DublinUlster
17 Nov 201228ScrumhalfScotlandWin: 21-10 Murrayfield, EdinburghUlster
24 Nov 201228ScrumhalfEnglandWin: 16-15 Twickenham, LondonUlster
08 Jun 201328ReserveItalyWin: 44-10 Kingspark, DurbanUlster
15 Jun 201328ScrumhalfScotlandWin: 30-17 Mbombela Stadium, NelspruitUlster
22 Jun 201328ScrumhalfSamoaWin: 56-23 Loftus Versfeld, PretoriaUlster
17 Aug 201328ScrumhalfArgentinaWin: 73-13 National Stadium, JohannesburgUlster
24 Aug 201328ScrumhalfArgentinaWin: 22-17 Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, MendozaUlster
07 Sep 201328ScrumhalfAustraliaWin: 38-12 Suncorp Stadium (Lang Park), BrisbaneUlster
14 Sep 201328ScrumhalfNew ZealandLose: 15-29 Eden Park, AucklandUlster
05 Oct 201329ReserveNew ZealandLose: 27-38 Ellispark, JohannesburgUlster
09 Nov 201329ReserveWalesWin: 24-15 Millenium Stadium (Cardiff Arms Park), CardiffUlster
17 Nov 201329ReserveScotlandWin: 28-0 Murrayfield, EdinburghUlster
23 Nov 201329ScrumhalfFranceWin: 19-10 Stade de France, ParisUlster
14 Jun 201429ReserveWalesWin: 38-16 Kingspark, DurbanUlster
21 Jun 201429ReserveWalesWin: 31-30 Mbombela Stadium, NelspruitUlster
16 Aug 201429ScrumhalfArgentinaWin: 13-61 tryLoftus Versfeld, PretoriaUlster
23 Aug 201429ScrumhalfArgentinaWin: 33-31 Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena, SaltaUlster
06 Sep 201429ScrumhalfAustraliaLose: 23-24 Subiaco Oval, PerthUlster
13 Sep 201429ScrumhalfNew ZealandLose: 10-14 WestPac Stadium, WellingtonUlster

Ruaan Pienaar by

South Africa utility back Ruan Pienaar is one of the most naturally gifted young players in the world game, but has suffered in the early years of his career due to his versatility.

Pienaar has international caps at scrum-half, fullback and fly-half but was unable to force his way into the reckoning for a regular place in any of these positions until 2008. With the Springboks' World Cup winning fly-half Butch James playing in Europe, Pienaar was handed the No.10 jersey for their autumn tour of the northern hemisphere, turning in assured performances and scoring a charge-down try against Danny Cipriani and England.

Pienaar's career began with Free State, but he was given precious few opportunities before he made the switch to Durban and the Sharks after being spotted at Craven Week, a tournament for schoolboy players, by Sharks coach Kevin Putt.

The son of former Springbok fullback Gysie Pienaar, he found new levels of success with the Sharks in both the Currie Cup and Super 14 and made his South Africa debut in 2006 against New Zealand during the Tri Nations.

He was a part of the South Africa side that won the World Cup in 2007 and won praise before the tournament from Head Coach Jake White, who compared him to Australia fly-half Stephen Larkham. Pienaar made four appearances during the World Cup, scoring two tries against Tonga in his only start. He was an unused replacement for the final.

In October 2008, Pienaar scored the opening try as the Sharks defeated the Blue Bulls to secure their fifth Currie Cup title.

The following year he played in all three Tests against the British & Irish Lions and started the first two as the Springboks won the series. In the first Test his kicking proved decisive as he landed three penalties and two conversions in a 26-21 win but in the second Test he struggled and was replaced by Morné Steyn who kicked the winning penalty. Pienaar played as a replacement in the third Test at scrum-half as the Lions earned a consolation win.