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Video: Departing Ruan Pienaar 'will always put Ulster ahead of myself'


As the calendar nears its flip to 2017, Ruan Pienaar is all too aware that his Ulster exit looms ever closer.

In many ways, the beginning of the end came as soon as it was announced that the IRFU had decreed he was not to have his contract renewed at the end of this season, but the march towards his forced departure will seemingly quicken in the coming weeks.

Tonight he faces Connacht for the last time in a fixture that he, unsurprisingly given the westerners' record in Belfast, has never lost at Kingspan Stadium.

"There are a lot of lasts to come," he said ruefully ahead of the visit from the champions.

"For me it is just about enjoying it but as we get closer to the end of the season the more the emotions will show.

"The team comes first though, if I put my personal goals and interests ahead of the team, I think I am doing the wrong thing.

"For me, it is just doing what I do every week to try and prepare as well as possible and try to produce as good a performance as I can for the team."

Ulster Rugby v Connacht Rugby on Friday 23 December, kick-off 7.35pm.

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