Signsruan Pienaar is on his way to Ulster.
The Sharks half-back, who was a member of the Springboks’ 2007 Rugby World Cup-winning squad is to sign a two-year contract.
Negotiations for his release from The Sharks are continuing, but at this stage it is simply a matter of the detail.
The deal has been done; Pienaar will be an Ulster player for each of the next two seasons.
A month ago Ulster’s Operations Director David Humphreys told supporters that they would have a world-class scrum-half in the near future. He has delivered on that promise.
Not that Pienaar is confined to the number nine role; he is equally comfortable — and accomplished — at stand-off.
He made his Super 14 debut with The Sharks in 2005 and the following year won the first of his 36 Boks caps when he lined out against New Zealand.
With 85 Test points to his credit he is a player of proven quality.
Humphreys said: “Bringing Ruan to Ulster is a massive statement of our ambition to be competing with the top teams in the Magners League and ERC.
“He is one of the most naturally gifted players in world rugby and having had huge experience at international level with the Springboks, we believe Ruan will help Ulster achieve success over the next couple of seasons.”