Ruan Pienaar is a Springbok veteran with 88 Test caps to his name. The scrumhalf was born-and-bred in Bloemfontein and is the son of the Free State Rugby legend, Gysie Pienaar. Both Ruan and Gysie played for the Springboks.
The versatile player, played junior rugby for the Free State while he was still at school at Grey College. He joined the Sharks in 2004, and played in 32 Currie Cup and 67 Super Rugby matches of the franchise.
After leaving the Sharks in 2010, Pienaar, joined Ulster in Ireland, where he became a legend of the club. In 141 games for the side from Belfast he scored 877 points. In 2017 he left Ulster to play for Montpellier in France, where he was teammates with numerous Free Staters such as Jan Serfontein, Frans Steyn, Johan Goosen and Henry Immelman, but to name a few. All of them attended the same Alma Mater.
On 25 July 2009, Pienaar played flyhalf for the Springboks in their 28-19 win over the All Blacks in Bloemfontein at the then Vodacom Park. Pienaar hand and outstanding Test on the day and scored one of the Springboks two tries and also converted a penalty.