Pienaar


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Pienaar

(Jacobus) Francois. born 1967, South African Rugby Union footballer; captain of the South African team that won the Rugby World Cup in 1995
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Johannesburg [South Africa], March 1 ( ANI ): Former Bafana captain Steven Pienaar has officially announced that he is retiring from football, thus putting an end to his 18-year illustrious career.
Pienaar is reported to have agreed a three-year deal with the reigning European Challenge Cup winners after his hopes of a contract extension with Ulster were jettisoned by the IRFU succession plan.
Last season's semi-finalists did not have it all their own way, despite Luke Marshall crossing after just four minutes and Pienaar converting for the first slice of his 12 points.
Ulster got off to a flying start when centre Luke Marshall crashed through the tackle of Jayden Hayward after he cut back in to take Stuart Olding's pass on the angle for a try, which Pienaar converted for a 7-0 lead Tomasso Allan missed a penalty for Treviso after 17 minutes, but he did manage to get his side on the board from the tee just before the half-hour mark, to make it 7-3.
African sources report that Puma might add even more cash to their Sundowns deal to help secure the signing of poster boy Pienaar.
Martinez, though, refused to be drawn on whether Pienaar, who turns 34 next month, would be offered a contract extension when his latest deal expires in the summer.
Scrum-half Pienaar scored a try, kicked the conversion and landed five penalties in the final pool match.
Pienaar explained: "The manager's philosophy is always, 'If you keep the ball, you're not going to work as hard as the other team'.
Pienaar had not played since August 31 because of a hamstring injury and was pencilled in for a comeback next week at Aston Villa but he impressed manager Roberto Martinez so much in training he was drafted in early.
James Rodwell, Michael Ellery and Chevvy Pennycook all excelled at times and Pienaar has the pedigree to do likewise.