London - Springbok scrumhalf Ruan Pienaar has signed a three-year contract extension with Ulster, the Celtic League side announced on Tuesday.
Pienaar was previously linked with a move to European Cup champions Toulon, but the 29-year-old, who joined Ulster in 2010, has now extended his stay Ravenhill until 2017.
He has played 63 games for the Northern Irish club, scoring 510 points.
"I am delighted to be staying at Ulster," said Pienaar, who has been capped 71 times by the Springboks.
"I have really enjoyed my first three seasons at the province and I am looking forward to helping the team compete for silverware in the coming years."
Ulster's director of rugby David Humphreys said: "To be successful, you need top-class players, therefore I am extremely pleased that Ruan, who is one of the best scrum-halves anywhere in the world, is extending his time with us.
"The announcement of this contract will give everyone at Ulster Rugby -- the players, the staff and the fans -- a huge lift, especially as it had been wrongly reported that Ruan would be leaving us."