Planet Rugby

Pienaar to stay at scrum-half

14th January 2013 14:52

Share:

ruan pienaar

Flexible: Ruan Pienaar

Ulster boss Mark Anscombe has confirmed that Ruan Pienaar will remain at scrum-half as opposed to pulling the strings at fly-half.

Pienaar's flexibility at half-back has seen him used in both the nine and ten shirts throughout his career, but Anscombe is keen to let youngster Paddy Jackson develop in the fly-half role.

"Arguably, he is, if not the best, one of the best nines in the world," said Anscombe to BBC Sport.

"He is such a good footballer he could play a number of positions. And he has done that at international level.

"But the fact is you have to ask yourself, when you have got someone who is world class in one position, why would you play him somewhere else?

"Yes he could do it, but the fact is that his kicking game from the base of the scrum and the ruck is just an outstanding, he is second to no man."

"We have Paddy Jackson, who we have a lot of confidence and faith in. We think he is a good young man and he is only getting better as a footballer. Yeah he's not perfect but he is 21 years of age."

  • Rugby Champions Cup Fixtures
  • Rugby Champions Cup Table
Pool 1
European Rugby Champions Cup Table
PosTeamPPts
1Leinster622
2Northampton617
3Castres69
4Ospreys65
Pool 2
European Rugby Champions Cup Table
PosTeamPPts
1Toulon624
2Cardiff Blues614
3Exeter612
4Glasgow Warriors611
Pool 3
European Rugby Champions Cup Table
PosTeamPPts
1Toulouse623
2Saracens620
3Connacht613
4Zebre60
Pool 4
European Rugby Champions Cup Table
PosTeamPPts
1Clermont Auvergne624
2Harlequins616
3Scarlets611
4Racing Metro Paris67
Pool 5
European Rugby Champions Cup Table
PosTeamPPts
1Ulster626
2Leicester Tigers621
3Montpellier611
4Treviso60
Pool 6
European Rugby Champions Cup Table
PosTeamPPts
1Munster623
2Gloucester614
3Edinburgh612
4Perpignan67