Place of Birth: Bloemfontein, South Africa
Date of Birth: 10 March, 1984
Ethnicity: Afrikaner [Dutch, French Huguenot, German, other]
Ruan Pienaar is a South African rugby union footballer. He has played 88 Test Matches for his country, and was part of the 2007 Rugby World Cup-winning team.
Ruan is the son of Rida and Gysie Pienaar (Zacharias Matheus Johannes Pienaar), a rugby union player.
Ruan’s patrilineal line can be traced to French Huguenot emigrants, Jacques Pinard, who was born, c. 1666, in Nantes, Pays de la Loire, France, and to his wife Hester Foucher.
Ruan’s maternal grandfather’s surname was Du Plessis. The surname is of French Huguenot origin.
Ruan’s maternal grandmother was the daughter of Theunis Kotzé and Maria Jacoba Jacobs. Theunis was the son of Coenraad Hendrik Kotzé and Anna Jacoba Coetzee. Maria was the daughter of Nicolaas Burger “Klaas” Jacobs and Maria Jacoba Kotzé.