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We'll give Pienaar a big send off: Bowe

By Jonathan Bradley

Ulster star Tommy Bowe has revealed the team are determined to ensure Ruan Pienaar's career with the province ends with a trophy.

It was revealed last week that the South African World Cup winner (left) will be forced to leave Belfast due to the IRFU's 'succession policy' on foreign imports with the Ulster fan base still up in arms.

Over 1,000 signatures have been added to an online petition from the Ulster Rugby Supporters Club calling for the decision to be reversed while Bowe admitted that the squad were hit just as hard by the news of their team-mate's upcoming departure.

"Ruan is embedded in the squad here," he said. "He's a very popular guy. Not just with the fans but with all his team-mates."

After scoring a try in last Friday's win over Newport, the scrum-half patted his Ulster crest in recognition of the support and Bowe believes the only fitting way to bring the curtain down on his time here will be to end a silverware drought that goes back to 2006.

"You could see at the weekend, it was an emotional one for him but he showed the quality he provides," Bowe added. "Come the end of the year we'd love to give him an amazing send-off."

While Bowe is nearing fitness after a long-term knee injury, he will not feature in Saturday's contest with Treviso.

Nor will Jared Payne, but Luke Marshall is set to return.

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