Bulls snub Derick Hougaard

2011-11-29 22:06

Cape Town - The Bulls have turned down a request from former Springbok flyhalf Derick Hougaard to return to Pretoria to play for them.

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The 28-year-old Hougaard - currently recovering after an Achilles operation - was in Pretoria two weeks ago where he was in discussions with Bulls coach Frans Ludeke and senior professional coach Heyneke Meyer about a possible move back to Loftus Versfeld.

Hougaard currently plays for English club, Saracens, and according to the Beeld newspaper the uncertainty regarding his form after his operations (he had two recent operations on his Achilles) probably discouraged the Bulls to offer him a contract.

"Unfortunately we cannot currently accommodate Derick in our structure. If Derick is fit and injury-free, he will still be a world class player. And if the situation changes and circumstances necessitate it, we will gladly call on him," said Meyer.

Hougaard - who has repeatedly stated he would love to come back to South Africa - is understandably very disappointed. This is now the second time this year that talks between him and his former union about a possible return have failed.

"I got so many messages from fans after the news that I might come back, but who knows, maybe things will work out one day," said Hougaard.


  • Johann - 2011-11-29 22:42

    He used to be their "LIEFLING" but now he is their Achilles Heel. Still not a bad Bull to have in your 'kraal' LoL

  • Arthur John Ware - 2011-11-29 22:43

    Maby he should try Stormers, at the moment they've crazy with fly halves, I don't see any reason Stormers would turn him down afterall they did let Adi Jacobs join

      cameronjohnprice - 2011-11-29 23:14

      What? Is AD jacobs coming to WP?

      Van - 2011-11-29 23:26

      Ja boet, die weer probeer is desperaat. Hulle wil die eerste span wees wat 15 gekleurdes op die veld wil hĂȘ. Hulle moet some how geskiedenis maak, so al asof 11 jaar sonder 'n kompetisie wen nie genoeg is nie.

      Brevan - 2011-11-30 07:58

      AD has not been contracted by WP. He is training with the Stormers. AD has moved back to CT and he requested to train with the Stormers. I don't see the problem with having him in the setup if we're not paying him a salary. He will most likely end up taking a contact to play for Boland (who forms part of the Stormers region).

  • Gerhard Uys - 2011-11-29 22:44

    Who is Derick Hougaard?

      cameronjohnprice - 2011-11-29 23:14

      The guy in the article.

      Burtfred - 2011-11-30 07:25

      He is the son of oldman Hougaard.

      Deon - 2011-11-30 10:16

      The "liefling" of Loftus. He was preferred before Morne Steyn for a while.

      Lunga - 2011-11-30 14:12

      Pierre van Tonder se seun. Hy was in die fliek met daai ouens wat spoke vang.

  • cameronjohnprice - 2011-11-29 22:45

    I am sure the EP Kings would love to have you.

  • bloubul.jonck - 2011-11-30 04:55

    The bulls sucks I only have a support if liefling is there NO LIEFLING NO SUPPORT

  • Pieter - 2011-11-30 05:19

    They sit with the best flyhalf in world rugby, why would they care signing old Derick again - 2011-11-30 05:28

      Patrick Lambie has moved to the Bulls!?!?!?!?!?!?!

      David - 2011-11-30 07:19

      What are you smoking?

      Jed - 2011-11-30 07:25

      Pieter? Looking at his stats against let's say Peter Grant this year Steyn is far from the best Flyhalf in the world , I reckon his probably the 3rd best in the country at the moment.

      Pieter - 2011-11-30 08:31

      @vallemj You also reckon the Stormers is SA's best Super Rugby franchise the last decade

      Christopher - 2011-11-30 08:35

      When did Dan Carter move to the Bulls?? I know his cousin lives in SA but I didn't know he'd moved across as well. Will he still play for the All Blacks in the Rugby Championship??

      Jed - 2011-11-30 09:37

      Nope Bulls are the most succefull side in the last decade, but not in the history of south african rugby.

      Deon - 2011-11-30 13:19

      Best kicker in the country, but he missed a few in the last game.

  • Leon - 2011-11-30 06:13

    A fit Derick still has about 4 years good rugby in him. It is strange that the Bulls won't let "Liefling" back into their kraal.

      Kosie - 2011-11-30 07:56

      he is injury prone these days

  • vanrooyenmara - 2011-11-30 07:45

    Kom wp nous julle kans, maak gou julle is mos gewoond aan die ander spanne se spelers wat op die krukke lys is of was..

  • Grant - 2011-11-30 07:45

    Pro sport leaves little room for sentimentality.

  • Simon - 2011-11-30 07:49

    Although I'm a Sharkie, Just goes to show, you want loyalty, buy a dog. I'm very surprised the the BB haven't resigned you Derrick. Hope you have a speedy recovery and show the BB what they will be missing!!!!!

      vanrooyenmara - 2011-11-30 07:55

      Ag nee wat , ons sal niks mis nie Morne is daar ons gee hom maar vir wp of een van die ander verloor spanne..

      Lionel - 2011-11-30 08:00

      Mara,wat as Morne beseer gaan raak,wat doen julle dan???????

  • Christopher Collings - 2011-11-30 07:52

    I am not a Bulls supporter however the decision to 'snub' Hougaard was a wise decision. Now that Fourie Du Preez is gone, Morne' Steyn has his place in the Bulls solidly cemented. He is way better a player than Hougaard. More of an all rounder, with a good boot, fairly consistent, unafraid 2 get into the bustle of things & make tackles. What happened 2 his (Hougaard's) little stint in Aus with the Western Force? Grass not so green on the other side or wasn't he good enough? 1 wonders where he will end up though. The Griquas would be wise 2 pounce on Hougaard's availabilty.

      Christopher Collings - 2011-11-30 08:14

      Big talkers on the internet gives me a good laugh. :-)

      Christopher - 2011-11-30 08:39

      Morne Steyn "make tackles"?? Are we talking about the same Steyn here? The guy who ushered Horwill through for the Oz try in the Quarter-Final??

      Zuljin01 - 2011-11-30 08:44

      Christopher, you're wrong there, you're thinking about Andre Pretorius. Andre would have played for the Western force, then he got injured.

      johan.blertsie.cilliers - 2011-11-30 09:08

      People just google it, Derick Hougaard and Peter Grant was approached by Western Force when Matt Giteau left

      Zuljin01 - 2011-11-30 10:11

      @johan, I agree, BUT Andre Pretorius was eventually the one that joined the Western Force squad, but got injured pre-season. If i am not mistaken it was his ankle or something ( not to sure about the injury ).

      Christopher Collings - 2011-11-30 17:39

      Look bottom line is that Steyn is 10 times a better player than Hougaard & when it comes 2 tackles, Hougaard has always been 1 2 shy away from taking or making hits. Hougaard was reported 2 have been given an offer @ the Western Force furthermore I believe he was kept out due 2 injuries. Over n out

  • jeremy.schaffner1 - 2011-11-30 08:58

    There are other unions in this country; other unions that are doing far better than the Blue Bulls at the moment. Do it Derick.

      Pieter - 2011-11-30 09:23

      Unions like?

      Stephen - 2011-11-30 09:47

      There were four unions above the Bulls in this year's Currie Cup. Jeremy said at the moment:)

      Pieter - 2011-12-02 00:49

      @Stephen our retard on the blog Novak Djokovic recently lost 2 games in a 2 week time period. Does that mean he's not world nr 1 anymore??? So what u say is forget about the 50 odd games he won and focus on 2 losses and then decide he's useless. Man u WP idiots make me laugh! No wonder you a decade without a cup

  • Leon - 2011-11-30 10:14

    Not that Monre is the end all, but he does everything better than Hougaard. kick run step pass. Advise to Derick, stay overseas or come back and retire. Unless of course you fancy a stint at the Kings, but even they might think twice

  • Deon - 2011-11-30 10:22

    It is a wise decision as this injury can take up to 6 months to heal. Who would pay a player for sitting on the sidelines? Rather talk again when you are fit and playing again.

  • Barry - 2011-11-30 11:30

    I do not think that the Bulls need Derick at this moment in time. The team can not afford to have two world class players in one position partly because of the money it costs to have them both. I think to have Derick will cost the Bulls good deal of money. There is also the issue of the younger players that are currently coming through, what message does it send to them? Bet you that Derick will play for the Stormers if Rassie knows that he is available, and I think Derick will do good in the Cape.

  • James - 2011-11-30 12:50

    Western Province don't sit and sleep now. He went to school in the Cape, is a very good flyhalf and it is not that we have any "depth" in the position. TALK to the man and stop waisting money on bygone players that other provinces don't want any more!!!! I don't even want to talk about province letting players of the likes of Sadie and co. going to the Bulls and Sharks. We will never win the cup if we do not retain our star players and by in other unions 2nd strings

  • James - 2011-11-30 13:00

    Western Province should grab the oppertunity and sign him seeing that he comes from this area and stop letting super young talented players be grabbed by the Bulls and Sharks. I am a extreme WP/Stormer supporter but the way the Union's minds work we will not win the cup for the next three to four years. Sign a contract with Habana for another two years? for what? Sadie and company that you so easily got rid of is going to be your down fall as well.

  • Candice - 2011-11-30 13:11

    Derick who?

      Lunga - 2011-11-30 14:12

      Santa's grandson.

  • Lunga - 2011-11-30 14:11

    Griquas are looking for a number 10.

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