Hougaard on his way back?

2011-11-20 18:43

Cape Town - Former Springbok and Bulls flyhalf Derick Hougaard is apparently on his way back to the Bulls, according to reports.

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The Rapport newspaper reports that the 28-year-old Hougaard - currently recovering after an Achilles operation - was in Pretoria last week 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 side, Saracens, but according to Rapport he could fly back to Pretoria in the next couple of weeks to complete his rehabilitation with the Bulls instead. He is expected to be fit in January.

Attempts earlier this year to get Hougaard back failed, but this time round the chances of a return to Loftus looks all the more likely.

Hougaard said he would love to come back to South Africa.

"I'm enjoying it at Saracens and appreciate everything being done there for me, but I don't think it's a secret that I want to come back to South Africa and try to play for the Springboks again.

"I also can't really see myself with any other South African team than the Bulls.

"I realise things have changed (Morne Steyn is now the Bulls' and the Boks' No 1 flyhalf), but I am very eager to throw my weight in with them," said Hougaard.


  • Taetjo - 2011-11-20 19:41

    Goodluck in getting the Bok No. 10 jersey. There is some really stiff competition there boet. Johan Goosen, Elton Jantjies, Morné Steyn, Patrick Lambie and maybe Sias Ebersohn... Well, goodluck chap!

      Squeegee - 2011-11-20 20:04

      Within 2 years Johan Goosen will be No1 in the world...

      Francois - 2011-11-20 20:50

      It is actually a shame that Morne Steyn is the Springboks no 1 flyhalf, good competition for him, (that is if you can assume that Hougaard can give competition), will be good for the Bulls and for the Springboks. If a slow flyhalf shows that Steyn is slow, then hopefully everyone will click that Steyn is realy slow. Then, the Bulls can and must and will play for next season only, SA rugby needs the Bulls to be strong (as well as the other four big unions - WP's chances are the least under Coetzee). The Boks will start playing for 2015 this year and , if Matfield is not subtle coach anymore, a new flyhalf will be bled into the position. Steyn and Hougaard will be too old in 2015 and Hougaard (Derick) was shown up on the international scene. Let's see. Probably in two years the Bulls will be buying an ex Matie flyhalf. Obviously with the loss of Matfield and Botha and Rossouw, the game plan of kicking for touch and stealing the ball back will need some refinement, it will not be that maklik anymore and Matfield cannot talk the way into other locks' hands the same way as he actually managed to physically get it into his hands.

      bernard.ingram - 2011-11-21 07:52

      Francois your gibberish is unreadable and most of all impossible to understand.

      Gillbert - 2011-11-21 08:31

      francois, your probably right about goosen but i cant see him as first choice number ten for the fore see able future we will just have to wait and see what happens in the super15.... then and only then will we know how good these youngsters really are are and if the lions made a genuine improvement... as playing a vodacom cup style currie cup doesnt count for much

      Francois - 2011-11-21 12:06

      Gilbert, I did not say anything about Goosen, did I? Azurite, an Afrikaans translation is available, but for that you need to stick me for a beer in Mike's Kitchen in Parktown.

  • Grant - 2011-11-20 20:11

    Heyneke appoint sSpies as captain and now signs Liefling.....I suggest we better off without Heyneke as Bok coach if this is how he views the future...

      Bob - 2011-11-20 20:41

      You are right - if Meyer had got the Springbok job previously liefling would have been the Springbok "half-fly."

      attie - 2011-11-20 21:44

      Liefling and Heyneke won the Super 14. A feat as yet unmatched by any one else outside of the Bulls.

      Francois - 2011-11-21 15:14

      Attie, maybe you meant " a feat as yet unmatched in SOUTH AFRICA, outside the Bulls" - the Crusaders did as well? Then on a Super 14 level it will most probably will not happen again, not becuase Hougaard will be playing, but the competition does not exists anymore. Liefling is also the only rugby player in SA that gets younger with time, how could we miss that? Thanks Attie.

  • Bob - 2011-11-20 20:39

    Oh No!

  • Claud - 2011-11-20 20:50

    Goeie nuus, die man is maar net n goeie speler, hy stel nie belang in die bok trui nie. Die Bulls het diepte nodig.

  • Tim - 2011-11-20 21:39

    Looking at the schedule of Super Rugby and international commitments next year - pretty much an unbroken weekly schedule of games at the highest level from mid February to November 2012 - we are going to be recycling top line players in a big way. Every Super Rugby team is going to need at least three players for each position and most probably the Springboks as well if injury and burnout are to be avoided. Yes, there's space for Derick Hougaard.

  • attie - 2011-11-20 21:46

    Hy het 'n paar great games gehad vir die Bulle en Sarries, maar hy gaan baie sukkel om bo Morne Steyn te speel.

  • hendrik.pienaar - 2011-11-21 02:38

    Should've gone to the Stormers. We need the competition for the 10 jersey. I'm not saying he's the answer, but competition for the position never hurt anybody, and Hougaard at his best has always been a very useful player.

  • Jed - 2011-11-21 06:54

    LOL, the Bulls could sign Chuck Norris and still not make a Play-off. NEXT......

      BlouMasjien - 2011-11-21 07:30

      wepe could sign Chuck Norris and still not win a cup! 10 years and counting. Chokers of world rugby ! ! ! ! ! vallemj, JY weet dit.

      Jed - 2011-11-21 09:02

      At least we make play-offs Bulls should be a first division side. Time to put the E.P kings in for the 7th place Bulls.

  • Leon - 2011-11-21 09:25

    noooooo !!!! his style is much more suited to the current Stomers ourtfit.

  • Dawie - 2011-11-21 10:16

    Derick Hougaard is one of the most consistent No 10’s one can ask for. He had tremendous success abroad and not only builds himself up in posture but also in abilities. You see, what any team need is a person that can read the game- Naas and Hougaard had this ability. Kicking the ball into touch when it counts the most and attack when needed. Making 55+ meter drop-goal kicks even in wet conditions is key aspects. I’m sorry for all you Modder Fontein fans but he will be replaced. We don’t need a No 10 that can only kick to goal if in 45 meter radius. And his downfall is the useless kicks down the middle into the fullbacks hands. Cheers Modder.. Welcome Back Hougaard!

  • Johan - 2011-11-21 12:19

    Can't somebody get Brian Lima out of retirement.. i wanna see that tackle again :)

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