Ex-Ulster star Pienaar grieves for sister killed in South African crash
Former Ulster Rugby star Ruan Pienaar is mourning the death of his sister in a horror car crash in South Africa.
Rene O'Ehley was killed in a four-vehicle accident on Friday.
The 38-year-old mother-of-two was the daughter of ex-Springbok full back Gysie Pienaar.
Her brother Ruan played for Ulster between 2010 and 2017.
Former Ulster Rugby star Neil Best posted on Twitter: "The thoughts of Ulster Rugby fans everywhere will no doubt be with Ruan Pienaar and his family #OnceAnUlsterman."
Fans also took to social media to send their condolences to the one-time Ravenhill favourite.
One wrote: "Such sad, sad news. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ruan and his family at this time."
Another said: "God's comfort to Ruan and his family. No one knows the pain such a loss can cause."
The accident happened on the N2 between Botrivier and Caledon on South Africa's Western Cape.
Traffic chief Kenny Africa confirmed that a woman driving a VW Polo died in the crash, which involved three other vehicles - two Mercedes trucks and a Hilux bakkie.
Mrs O'Ehley lived with her financial adviser husband Edmund (41) in Vredenburg.
She had an eight-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter, and was a teacher at Bredasdorp Primary.
Mr O'Ehley said he and his children spent Saturday at De Doorns, where his son is playing cricket.
"I think it takes a bit of the hurt away and occupies the thoughts on something else.
"We are all very sad," he told South African media.
Theuns Stoffberg, a former Springbok team-mate of Gysie Pienaar, said: "We heard about Rene's death from a group of former players who connect on WhatsApp, but don't know what happened.
"We sympathise with Gysie during these difficult times."