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My most viewed post over the past year has been “Ok, so you’re a Christian. Can you also play rugby?” written in December 2011. For a blog primarily about my involvement in Bible translation, this could be seen as interesting… or disappointing. But then I’m an Ulster Rugby supporter and love to be at Ravenhill on a Friday night standing up for the Ulstermen.

Ulster v Sarcens April 2013

Ulster v Saracens April 2013

So why not another post about Ruan!

Many people thought that he would leave Ulster for Toulon when they approached him last year, but Ruan settled for staying in Belfast and has enjoyed the weather (?) and played brilliantly ever since.

“I decided quite early in my career that I would like to play overseas but had no great thoughts to where exactly,” says Pienaar who has 74 Springbok caps already. “Then I was having a chat with Johann Muller, a good friend from the Natal Sharks,  a couple of months after he signed for Ulster and I almost jokingly asked was there room for another over there? Soon after David Humphreys rang and spoke very well about the team’s big ambitions on and off the field and the rest is history. Something just clicked in my mind, a gut feeling. There were other options but immediately Ulster sounded a good fit.

“I am a strong and committed Christian, that’s what I stand for and I am not afraid to admit that, and now I realise that perhaps I find myself in Belfast and Ulster for reasons that are not entirely to do with rugby although that is obviously big part of it. I have been given the chance to be part of a really special community here and to give back by visiting schools and clubs and talking to anybody who want to listen about Christianity as well a rugby.

This is just a taster of the interview with Brendan Gallagher in The Rugby Paper; the whole article is worth a read.

PS: Regular readers will note that I’ve resisted the temptation to add something about Wycliffe Bible Translators – any suggestions how I might have been more creative..?

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Ulster scrumhalf, Ruan Pienaar, has been nominated on the longlist for ERC European Player of the Year for the third season in a row.

Ruan Pienaar

Concentration and accuracy

My most viewed post over the past year has been “Ok, so you’re a Christian. Can you also play rugby?” written in December 2011. For a blog primarily about my involvement in Bible translation, this could be seen as interesting… or disappointing. But then I’m an Ulster Rugby supporter and love to be at Ravenhill on a Friday night standing up for the Ulstermen.

It’s not just his passing, his kicking, his charge down tries, his seemingly effortless ability to get around the pitch… for Ruan Pienaar, teamwork, team effort and team spirit are paramount.

Ruan was Man of the Match in two recent Ulster wins – first against Munster when he kicked five penalties and two conversions and then in the crucial final Heineken Cup pool game where he scored all 22 points against Leicester Tigers to clinch a home quarter final for Ulster. In post match interviews on TV, Ruan first gives glory to God and then plays down his own contribution to emphasize the team heroics of the forwards in front of him and backs around him.

For me Ruan is a leader of a team. He’s not the captain but he is a leader.

For 25 plus years, I have enjoyed being part of the team that is Wycliffe Bible Translators in the UK and Ireland and around the world. The Bible translation task will not progress unless I recognise the great variety of God-given skills that my colleagues possess.

Can you see your skills above?

Can you see your skills above?

Like Ulster Rugby winning their way to a Heineken Cup quarter final, Wycliffe is  a team with a vision, a vision of partnership.

By the year 2015, together with partners worldwide, we aim to see a Bible translation started for every language that needs one.

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