MONTPELlIER, France – Former Springbok scrum-half Ruan Pienaar, a World Cup winner in 2007, has signed a three-year contract with Montpellier, the Top 14 club announced on Tuesday.
Pienaar, 33, joins the French club from Ulster, where he had been for seven seasons and played in the 2012 European Cup final before being released due to what he said were Irish federation rules on foreign players.
The ex-Sharks playmaker, also an astute kicker, won 88 international caps and will link up with fellow World Cup winners Francois Steyn and the Du Plessis brothers (Bismarck and Jannie) at Montpellier, who will be coached by former Scotland boss Vern Cotter next season. Former Stormers and Kings flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis was also at Montpellier last season, but will join up with English side Harlequins.
Montepellier reached the quarter-finals of the Frnech Top 14 last season, but went down to Racing 92 side packed with former All Blacks – including Dan Carter and Ali Williams.