Ulster players to speak about faith at Belfast cathedral
Pienaar, Herbst and Paul Marshall to be interviewed at Church of Ireland service
The service takes place on Monday at St Anne’s Cathedral.
A devout Christian, he said: “I have always believed, with my Christianity, that there’s so much more to life than rugby. Being here gives me an enormous sense of purpose. I am not just here for rugby. I’m here to touch lives.”
Pienaar’s father was the Springbok fullback Gysie Pienaar. The family was a devout Christian one.
Tighthead Herbst (27) joined Ulster from the Sharks in South Africa in summer 2014 on a three-year deal while Marshall (30) is a scrumhalf.
Raised in a Christian home it was not until Marshall’s final year at Methodist College Belfast that he began to take his Christianity seriously. Hearing about the death of a friend during a game was a turning point in his life.
The event is sponsored by Christian Vision for Men and Divine Healing Ministries.
Another Ulster player who has spoken publicly about his faith is Andrew Trimble (31) who prepares for matches by reading Psalm 84. Former Ulster player Paddy McAllister (26), now playing for Gloucester, is also a devout Christian.