The Boks could have used a player of Pienaar's experience and versatility on tour to Europe, and at the Rugby World Cup in Japan next year, but he says that chapter of his career is now firmly closed.
The former Springboks flyhalf fractured his right ankle and will be out for a minimum of 12 weeks just months after his controversial return to French rugby at Montpellier.
Leinster and Saracens fans were smiling this weekend as domestic honours were secured, while Castres set up a mouthwatering Top 14 final in Paris next weekend.
James Harrington runs the rule over the Aviva Premiership and PRO14 finals, plus the Top 14 semifinals, to predict which player will shine brightest, who will have an afternoon to forget and a whole lot more.
Police conducted raids at the French rugby federation headquarters on Tuesday amid an investigation into an alleged conflict of interest involving federation president Bernard Laporte.
Glasgow hooker George Turner faces further punishment for the yellow card which Scotstoun coach Dave Rennie called "dumb" and blamed for wrecking his side's European hopes.
The Champions Cup returns this weekend. Keep abreast of all the team news ahead of a mouthwatering round of action.
European club rugby is back with another stacked fixture list. ESPN's experts predict which teams are set for a big weekend, which players will shine and where your attention should be trained across the two competitions.
European club rugby is back for the second weekend in a row with another stacked fixture list. ESPN's experts predict which teams are set for a big weekend, which players will shine and where your attention should be trained across the two competitions.
Former Toulon centre Tom May casts his eye over rounds three and four of the Top 14 to pick out some of the overseas players who made their mark -- and you might be surprised to learn that a few have ended up in France.
Anthony Tuitavake was sent off as Racing 92 lost 23-19 at Agen in the Top 14.
France's sports minister has ordered an investigation into allegations of favouritism against FFR president Bernard Laporte that have now prompted six members of union's influential appeals board to resign and rocked the corridors of French rugby power.
With Top 14 rugby kicking off on Saturday, we look at every club in France's elite division and try to predict where they will end up next June.
Montpellier have resigned Northampton Saints and France back-row Louis Picamoles, with the Aviva Premiership club confirming his departure back to his first Top 14 club.
Montpellier have released six players from their contracts, including former Springbok No. 8 Pierre Spies.
The final day of the Top 14 sees Clermont battling with Montpellier for a semifinal spot and a point separates Racing 92 (6th), Stade Francais (7th) and Pau (8th) for the last Champions Cup spot.
Brock James and La Rochelle survived a late scare to defeat Montpellier 40-37 as they secured top spot in the Top 14 and can now prepare for a home semifinal.
La Rochelle maintained control of the Top 14 with a 23-13 victory over Pau which stretch their lead to 10 points at the summit of the Top 14.
Former Springboks coach Jake White has signed a deal with Japanese club Toyota Verblitz for next season.
Montpellier have demanded that France's rugby bosses pay their six-figure expenses for Saturday's postponed Top 14 clash with Racing 92.
Montpellier boss Mohed Altrad still waiting for proposed takeover of Gloucester to be ratified by European rugby
A Brock James penalty in injury-time saw La Rochelle defeat Toulon 23-20 at the Stade Mayol to hit the summit of the Top 14.
Jim Mallinder heaped praise on Nemani Nadolo after the Fijian wing produced a man-of-the-match performance in Montpellier's 26-17 win over Northampton in the Champions Cup.
All Blacks fly-half Aaron Cruden has reportedly given up his All Blacks jersey and signed a two-year deal with Montpellier, according to French media.
Clermont Auvergne moved back to the summit in the Top 14 standings after a 30-6 win over Toulon at the Stade Marcel-Michelin on Sunday night.
- MONTP2ndTRIES SCORED 1st Leinster : 23 Tries ScoredLEINS1st2023
- MONTP6thPOINTS DIFFERENCE 1st Leinster : 98 Points DifferenceLEINS1st5198