Ulster rugby star Pienaar deserving of the plaudits
Ruan Pienaar was not one of those mercenary sports stars who seek a big money deal as their career nears its end without giving much in return. Instead for seven years he brought his world-class skills to Ulster rugby, helping the team to success and educating up and coming Ulster stars in the skill sets needed to become international standard players.
Even more importantly, he made Northern Ireland home for him and his family, embracing the local way of life and becoming integrated into society here. However, he is now having to leave because of sporting politics, but he does so with the thanks of his legion of fans ringing in his ears.