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R2.2m dream car for Hougaard

2012-06-11 17:45

Durban - Springbok and Bulls scrumhalf Francois Hougaard has taken delivery of a brand new Audi R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI Quattro.

GALLERY: Francois Hougaard's new car

The high-performance car retails at over R2.2m.

Hougaard, who earned his 16th Springbok Test cap in the team's 22-17 victory against England last Saturday in Durban, said: ā€œIā€™m really looking forward to driving this stunning set of wheels. It has been my dream car for quite some time. A big thank you to my sponsors for making it happen.ā€



Francois Hougaard with his new sports car

Sport24

Comments
  • smallies - 2012-06-11 18:05

    as hy die oond so vinnig skoon maak soos daai tjorrie ry sal dit goed wees

      Walter Bland - 2012-06-11 18:10

      if he drives as fast as he gets the ball out the back of the scrum, the car wont go over 10km/h

      smallies - 2012-06-11 18:13

      geen speeding fines vir hom nie hahahaha

      goyougoodthing - 2012-06-11 18:31

      Keep left, pass, right?!

      shakes.tshabala - 2012-06-11 19:00

      He deserves a Ford Escort the way he played on Saturday?

      Thomas - 2012-06-11 19:36

      Give him a chance as he is just starting to make the scrumhalf berth his own!! He will pull off a try saving tackle every game, and his workrate is unmatched!! We need him for the new Tri-Nations as Pienaar is out of his depth in that league!! What Meyer must work on is protecting the ball carrier, we are giving to many turnovers to the opposition!!

      TravieGrif - 2012-06-11 20:06

      @Thomas. Stop taking rubbish. Pienaar is not out of his depth at all. The only problem with Pienaar is that PDV played HM at every position except hooker, and he was never given a chance to settle. He is a much better player than you are giving him credit for. He is technically a better scrum half than Hougie, but both of them are essential to the Bok cause going forward.

      TravieGrif - 2012-06-11 20:07

      Not HM...that was supposed to read 'him'...bludy spell checker!

      Japjapjap - 2012-06-11 20:08

      As di laaitie so 'n karretji kry omdat hy oulik is, behoort ouens soos FouriedPreez vir sy bydra in springbok rugby 10 Ferrari's gekry het?? en di hele weepee span 15 kruiwa's!!!

      Thomas - 2012-06-11 23:31

      TravieGrif maybe I could have explained it better. I am not doubting Pienaars talent but his heart when playing in the trenches of Tri-Nations rugby!! You need "Mongrels" against the ABs Hougaard and Kockott come to mind, guys who give more than they get!!

      clifford.sithole.5 - 2012-06-12 10:28

      He will probably put fur on the dash...

      Christopher - 2012-06-12 12:06

      over rated player. Give me Pienaar anyday.

      dewald.botha.50 - 2012-06-12 12:20

      They should have given him a truck, because sometimes he carries 3 defenders on his back!

      martin.white.w - 2012-06-12 13:29

      Nice car. Just saw it in front of the hotel with the Springbok bus. I guess he's not riding the bus home tonight.

      art5SA - 2012-06-12 19:52

      A 1400 Nissan Bakkie is more his style.... WITH CHALLENGE STRIPES and Chatsworth Bling Rims!!!!!

  • pieterduplessis - 2012-06-11 18:08

    Sure Jacques Kallis would be able to give him some driving lessons

      jandreleroux - 2012-06-11 18:42

      And dont forget about old Bob Skinstadt!

      gunner.zn.5 - 2012-06-12 09:43

      Definitely , Kallis will show him how to crash it...

      clifford.sithole.5 - 2012-06-12 10:28

      He will probably put fur on the dash...

      Rodney - 2012-06-12 16:57

      lol Kallis se hare het in sy oe gewaai

  • Rugbyfan - 2012-06-11 18:10

    Awesome stuff. Maybe not a good idea to include the plate numbers in the photo though...

      shooshyu.tu - 2012-06-11 20:56

      if you hadn't posted that comment am sure most would not even have noticed it.

      Marcel - 2012-06-12 11:28

      its probably a 2nd hand that why it already has plates.lol

  • lusciousville - 2012-06-11 18:29

    Al ry n aap n goue kar..........

  • Burtfred - 2012-06-11 18:32

    Obscene to give a 24 year-old kid a car like this. In the last test he played like precocious little brat. Ruan Pienaar came on and showed him how to play scrumhalf. This "gift" is certainly no incentive for me to buy an Audi, and especially not from the pink-shirted, self-important salespeople down at Northcliff Audi. I've been in their showroom and they look down their noses at you. I'll rather stay with Lexus, thank you.

      Ken - 2012-06-11 18:46

      Lexus.....isn't that a Toyota?

      Bootman - 2012-06-11 19:05

      Audi..........isnt that a Volkswagen?

      Frits - 2012-06-11 19:07

      I agree with you 100%. Also, at least the Lexus (Toyota) retains some retail value, unlike an Audi.

      lance.elliott.3914 - 2012-06-11 19:07

      Final question..does jealousy really make you nasty.. as the saying goes ? Most sports stars have to part with their hard earned cash to drive a car like that..the V10 nogal..the V8 version is already superfast.. Just hope the \SPONSORED BY..\ stickers have been requested in clear vinyl...enjoy and play it safe..

      Burtfred - 2012-06-11 20:01

      @ken Jay May Ferrari - isn't that a Fiat? Rolls Royce - isn't that a BMW? Volvo - isn't that a Chinese Geely? And to Lance No I'm not jealous about an Audi A-whatever financial mineshaft. I drive a superb Lexus that retains value and easily outperforms Audis, mercs, BM's etc in the same class.

      Bootman - 2012-06-11 20:07

      I've got another one...............Bugatti Veyron.........isnt that a Volkswagen?

      chris.olivier.7 - 2012-06-11 21:49

      Audi R8, so bad you'll give it away to the watchmen on Table Mountain b'cause no one wants to buy it, make you think.....

      Templar - 2012-06-12 12:47

      LOL, I so enjoy the Lexus drivers, you can see their swagger a mile off and their car keys are always visible on their desks or at the lunch table. In the company parking lot they put up signs that say "Lexus parking only" while the rest of us park in normal un-marked bays and go about our daily business. Meanwhile those in the know sit and smile silently to themselves as they listen to the big talk and boasting of the Lexus crowd. It's a Jap car with a fancy badge boys, get over yourselfs. Oh, and Frits, keep telling yourself that thing about the value it retains, as long as it keeps you happy chum. But then again, who else would us guys make fun off if it wasn't for the jerk in the Lexus.

      phillip.havenga - 2012-06-12 16:57

      Saying an Audi is a Volkswagen is far from accurate but also far from an insult, let's compare shall we Toyota's are bland and built like Coca Cola tins with horrible interiors. Volkswagens are considered segment leaders in quite a few classes as well as having excellent interiors as recognised by motoring magazines and are solid and in general good looking cars.

      art5SA - 2012-06-12 19:55

      LEXUS...2012 Township BMW.... LOLOL!!!!!

  • Ken - 2012-06-11 18:33

    If he played really well on Saturday they would have given him a Mercedes!......now he has to settle for 2nd best! LOL! Well done and safe driving!

      marie.salzwedel - 2012-06-13 08:56

      Yes I agree "The best or nothing"...

  • raymond.kok3 - 2012-06-11 18:33

    so you just have to suck at rugby and you will get a 202million rand car bummer

  • alan.carstens - 2012-06-11 18:38

    Jou gelukigge bliksem.

  • Paul - 2012-06-11 18:39

    Hope he drives better than Bob Skinstad...

      goyougoodthing - 2012-06-11 18:42

      LOL

      art5SA - 2012-06-12 19:57

      Hell... even old Puke Watson plays better rugby than Bob Skinstad

  • Barry - 2012-06-11 18:58

    Can we not see another South African doing well, he has worked hard and sacrificed a lot to earn his car. Lets be happy for him I am and he deserves it. If I could play rugby like him I would also want a nice car. That is why South Africa is in such a mess because we cant see anybody but ourselves doing well, selfishness form a lot of readers.

      Nic - 2012-06-11 19:08

      nuff said i agree Barry

      Jeffrey - 2012-06-11 19:30

      If I was a top player I wouldn't settle for anything less than an Aston Martin.

      shooshyu.tu - 2012-06-11 21:00

      @ken.black.969 some idiot just had to make it about Stormers or provincialisation & you were the idiot congrats.

      Master - 2012-06-12 07:40

      Ken Black, you smoking crack?

  • Nic - 2012-06-11 19:04

    Geluk Hougie! Die klomp negatiewe moan gatte hier onder is net jaloers! Raai wie is n Springbok en kry die perks...nie julle nie!! Gin iemand anders iets!

      marie.salzwedel - 2012-06-13 09:04

      "Gin" is dit 'n dop??

  • rezo.mosepele - 2012-06-11 19:13

    The new fresh blood of rugby(lambie n fransc) r bringin sawg 2 da game. Itz nyc 2 c game growin interms of popularty n incentivs 4 da playas.it mstnt go to the head mates

      Bootman - 2012-06-11 19:18

      I hope they're not bringing sawg to the game.........

      rezo.mosepele - 2012-06-11 20:28

      @kent wat cna I say I'm trying(public school product). Swag 2 da game dnt min in a bad way,

      peter.gibbs.5895 - 2012-06-12 07:37

      Do you talk like this as well. A**ehole.

      clifford.sithole.5 - 2012-06-12 10:56

      @ reso.mispeller.........I see you went to North West College. I think you need to go back.

      clifford.sithole.5 - 2012-06-12 10:59

      Better still ask them for your money back....OH wait the government probably paid for you...

  • sean.goldie.9 - 2012-06-11 19:42

    Problem is, it is A SPONSORED CAR so it will never belong to him, I would rather just buy one and know that eventually the bank will no longer be the owner but me. What happens if they pull his sponsorship, do you think they will continue to let him ride around in that car or what?

      Nic - 2012-06-11 19:46

      what??No car payment firstly!who cares if its sposored. Then there is probably a set period signed for the sponsorship. I do not know how these things work but when they pull the sponsorship someone else will sponsor him or he will buy his own. don;t get your point

  • nico.vandermerwe.54 - 2012-06-11 19:50

    Ya-a-a-a-wn....

  • anton.bischoff - 2012-06-11 19:50

    Mmm klink vir my hier is maar n paar vrot druiwe trosse, Hougie geniet dit.

  • avanlill - 2012-06-11 19:53

    As hy maar net so goed was as 20 000 ander wat beter as hy is .......

      Deon - 2012-06-12 08:17

      Maybe at soccer, this is Rugby.

  • IcemanGP - 2012-06-11 20:03

    If I close my eyes, my 30 grand golf is a super car. That is till i open my eyes again.

  • clourens - 2012-06-11 20:14

    Brilliant Player, Brilliant Car!!!! Both deserving of each other well done Hougie you deserve it boet :-) and thanks to the sponsors well done to you guys for providing this :-)

  • Zahir - 2012-06-11 20:17

    I hope he gets a petrol co to sponsor him as that V10 petrol bill will be off the chart

      Francois - 2012-06-11 22:23

      i'm sure he can afford it

  • Tiaan Liebenberg - 2012-06-11 20:24

    Exactly what a playboy deserves. Haven't read so much bull as that from the CEO. Hope he doesn't total the car

      Japjapjap - 2012-06-11 21:33

      @TiaanLiebenberg- is jy ni familie van daai ander weepee laaitie, immmm immm, watse naam?? ...daai voor speler ou, immm immmm?? man daai ou wat altyd so aangaan, immmm immm?? kolisi ja kolisi?? is julle familie...??

  • Philip Mostert - 2012-06-11 20:35

    Ek is jaloers! Kan ek ook een kry asb.

  • tony.kirby1 - 2012-06-11 21:24

    Walter Bland I agree 100%, I normaly say he has a committee meeting before getting the ball out.

  • henry.horne.9 - 2012-06-11 21:35

    lekke mulllleeeeeeet. Vou hom om n boom

      jacques.teebs - 2012-06-12 13:50

      Swak.

  • Pro - 2012-06-11 21:35

    Excellent choice Houggie...enjoy the ride and safe driving

  • Dean - 2012-06-11 21:46

    Talk about wastefulness in government business will do better investing in social uplifting project then do this type of thing. Back to Rugby..... They must regret it know after he played liked...l. On saturday! But then Again I'm All Black supporter our players on average are payed comparatively far less then both the boks and English players. However they Play far better and superior brand of Brilliant Rugby. But then again disposing of waste cost often more (frot boks playing style). Than Growing and cultivating a good quality product which off course are why the All Blacks are bring more quality players though every season then any other union in rugby across the rugby world.

      Christopher - 2012-06-11 23:10

      Well Dean I have met many New Zealanders & I have family living there & they all are very respectful towards South Africans & South African rugby. They themselves have said that for the last 80 years we have been their greatest adversaries, yes we agree they are the best @ the moment but if you knew anything about rugby you would know that the power shifts & you will not be on top forever. So I deduct from your trash talk that you are 1 of those fake South African New Zealand fans that want 2 call yourself proudly South African when the Boks win & want 2 call yourself a proud Bok supporter when we are on top again. Seriously if you don't know anything about rugby rather keep quiet because you are making a fool out of yourself & you make the real All Black supporters look bad. I bet you R500 you have never played 5 minutes of rugby in your life let alone even touched a rugby ball, so rather shhhhhhhhhh jy maak jou naam gat.

      staal.burgher - 2012-06-12 00:16

      Yeah, funny how people forget that before Isolation the shoe was on the other foot.

      jacques.teebs - 2012-06-12 14:20

      Ah another one of those wannabe AB idiots. I give up. You know, you guys are like stalkers. The same way women (or men) don't want, like or need the obsession or "love" of the stalker, just the same way, NZ (or the ABs) don't want, like or need you or your "love". Just try and move there or try and get a visa. Bottom line is, you're unwanted, but you keep supporting a country that wants nothing to do with you. You're unpatriotic scumbags, the lot of you. And please, don't come with apartheid and that crap. It's old and tired.

  • Jimmy - 2012-06-11 21:48

    Ohk, my dream car is a ML 63. Mercedes Benz are you listening?

  • Jeff Swart - 2012-06-11 21:49

    This is why we pay so much for cars these days

  • Tiaan Liebenberg - 2012-06-11 21:56

    @jappie - jy kon seker aan iets beter gedink het

      Japjapjap - 2012-06-11 22:04

      hey hey, gee my asb net tyd?? bryan banana...??

      gustav.louw.12 - 2012-06-12 14:09

      Lyk my Japjap het weer sy stem terug gevind. Na die Stormers die Pienkes die tweede maal vanjaar afgestof het was hy besonders stil. Eish en die ref het nog die Nulle probeer help ook. Dink aan Pierre Spies se "drie" bv en die belaglike geelkaart teen Frans Malerbe. Wats die verskoning die keer Jap jap? Maar hey als is darem nie verlore nie. As jy mooi vra sal ons jou toelaat om n Stormer te raak. LOL :D

  • anwar.addinall - 2012-06-11 22:22

    This should be in the Motorsport section and when he tattoos the front fender, move it under the "Goodman Gallery" heading.

  • Francois - 2012-06-11 22:22

    bliketter! nice

  • Jacques Moses - 2012-06-11 22:37

    just glad it wasnt offered 2 a bafana player! any idee what car a bafana player is worth?

      Jimmy - 2012-06-11 22:40

      The Bafana players who play in Europe can afford their own.

      mark.dennill - 2012-06-12 11:36

      in an unofficial news report "all bafana bafana mega stars where today sponsored mo-peds with training wheels"

  • Christopher - 2012-06-11 22:57

    Lol lets compare rugby players salaries to NBA basketball players salaries. Micheal Jordan for example earned when he still played basketball, an estimated $76 000 000 per season & a season is about 5 months & that's without all his sponsors eg: Nike, his Jordan clothing brand, his colognes etc etc So do the math. My point is 2 all the people that complain about the amounts our rugby players earn, stop whining its peanuts compared to F1, Basketball, football, Golf etc Geniet jou kar Hougie, hope u play better next week-end. Boks to win game 2 & 3.

  • andre.potgieter.5 - 2012-06-11 23:13

    Hougaard gaan nou sy Audi pimp met n klomp TATTOOS !!!!! Watch this space!! Dit gaan lyk asof daai Audi met n nat Beeld geklap is.

      neil.louw.90 - 2012-06-13 14:02

      Na aanleiding van sy arm, sal ek die SON aanbeveel. Baie meer bypassend!

  • Chriskoi1 - 2012-06-12 06:36

    Hougie jy verdien so motor .Maar asseblief moet nie agter die skrum staan en spitkop speel nie en al die ander spanne weet wanneer jy gaan skop jy het gesien met die Engelse rooinekke hulle hoef nie eers Afrikaans teverstaan nie hulle sien jou houding en dan is hulle reg vir jou

  • clivegoss - 2012-06-12 06:57

    Ek weet daardie motor ----------waai klink meer beskaafd. Moet nou nie net nog n spoed windgat word nie. Veels geluk geniet die wiele

  • Richard - 2012-06-12 07:23

    As Hougaart n Audi R8 werd is, gaan HM seker n Rolce Royce en n Bugatti kry?? Hoop Hougaart gaan vir die volgende 2weke op n bestuursles, sodat Pienaar kan begin!

  • Dirk - 2012-06-12 07:38

    ek is seker daarvan as Hougaard bietjie tyd kry om te konsentreer op no 9 sal hy een van die beste no 9 daar buite wees. Die punt is net as die helfde van die span sy deursettings vermoe en toewyding gehad het sou niemand die springbokke kon wen nie. Ek persoonlik geniet dit as Hougarad vleuel of selfs senter kan speel hy beteken net baie meer as hy bietjie spasie en tyd het om planne te maak. Gee nie om waar hy speel nie solank hy net vir die bokke speel maak hy n verskil op die veld.

  • Jackson - 2012-06-12 07:56

    are the Bokke not sponsored by BMW - Just saying ????????

  • Blixum - 2012-06-12 08:16

    Who sponsored his tatoos? Yech!

  • my10cent - 2012-06-12 08:51

    Spoil a child too much and see what happens?

  • Stuart - 2012-06-12 09:08

    This is amusing, Audi Northcliff and BMW Northcliff are virtually adjacent to each other and only seperated by the Virgin Active building - BMW sponsors the Springboks yet a star performer will be driving an Audi, so much for brand association! It would be interesting to note how many active Springboks are actually driving BMW - Habana has a new RR Evoque.

      anton.bischoff - 2012-06-12 09:53

      As far as i know they only get BMW's for the test season, not the whole season. Might be wrong

  • chrono.man.7 - 2012-06-12 10:25

    Watch this space. Will that car prove to be too much to handle for Hougie, just as in the case of Jacques Kallis?

  • andrew.faber.58 - 2012-06-12 10:39

    I am down to a 14 handicap in golf, I think that deserves a Audi R8 PLEASE???

  • cjdewet - 2012-06-12 10:52

    Plaas hul daai geld vat en vir die lions rugby spelers koop of van ons ou stadiums reg maak. Daai kar gaan hy rol in 'n week. Lang hare en al!

  • Stuka - 2012-06-12 10:55

    leer tog net om die ding te bestuur voor jy ook n sport statistiek word...

  • alu.ntsandeni - 2012-06-12 11:02

    Wow, what a lucky guy... I love this car.

  • Mike - 2012-06-12 11:02

    Some times I wonder how one calculates the value of a sponsorship.with Audi it is not a problem as the vehicles are overpriced any way.Colour so Mooi pienk kleur met hhoorings op die "boot" en sy tatoe arm hang uit die venster. Enjoy Hougard jy verdien dit' maar onthou jy het nog baie om te leer'leer by die meester Pienaar

  • george.efstratiou - 2012-06-12 11:14

    Beats his old TATA bakkie lol

  • Marthinus - 2012-06-12 11:28

    He has one incredible publicist!!!He is always in the news and is marketing himself well. Great rugby player, had average game on Saturday on attack but defense was brilliant. Well done dude, you deserve it

  • Luke - 2012-06-12 11:31

    Hope this was on your mind on Sat and now that you have it you can start playing a bit better..