Rugby

Ex-Bok: I’m paying the price for pro rugby

2015-05-27 07:03
Derick Hougaard (File)

Cape Town - Former Springbok flyhalf Derick Hougaard has been advised to undergo an MRI scan on his brain.

The former Blue Bulls pivot said he has been forgetting things in the last while, and that his “head hasn’t always been too clear”.

According to Netwerk24, a specialist advised him to undergo a scan to determine what’s wrong.

“All the head injuries and knocks I took on the rugby field are now catching up with me. A lot of ex-players will probably walk the same road,” said Hougaard.

He was admitted to the Park Lane Hospital in Johannesburg on Tuesday where he underwent an MRI scan and blood tests.

The results could be made available as soon as Wednesday.

“I’m convinced it’s not serious, but it makes one feel uneasy. I’m still young and have a lot that I still want to do in life.”

Hougaard, 32, played eight Tests for the Springboks between 2003 and 2007. He also played for Leicester Tigers and Saracens in England and is nowadays a commentator and pundit for pay-channel, SuperSport.

Hougaard tweeted the following picture of himself in hospital on Tuesday:

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