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Hougaard hunting Bulls spot

2012-03-25 18:27

Cape Town - Former Springbok flyhalf Derick Hougaard is back in South Africa for good and keen to continue his career in Pretoria with the Bulls.

Hougaard told the Rapport newspaper he's not going back to England even though he's still contracted with English side, Saracens, until the end of May this year.

However, it's still unsure if he'll ever don the famous blue jersey again. He is currently in the final phase of rehabilitation from an Achilles injury - an injury he's had three operations on since sustaining it on 16 October, 2010. He hasn't played since and trained with Bulls fitness guru, Bazil Carzis, these last few months. He also regularly sat in an oxygen tank.

More clarity on the state of his injury should be known by the end of next month.

The injury was also the reason why the Bulls did not offer Hougaard a contract earlier this year, after then director of rugby Heyneke Meyer, wanted sign the 29-year-old.

However, Rapport reveals that should Hougaard successfully recover, he might be offered a stint at the Pretoria-based union.

Hougaard says his permanent return to South Africa is largely thanks to I-Truck, an insurance company for heavy vehicles, which recently employed him.

"They made it possible for me to say goodbye to Saracens.

"I'm really excited about it, especially because I can now come home permanently.

"I hope to get the green light to be able to play again and I'm hopeful that my talks with the Blue Bulls will be positive so I can continue my career at Loftus Versfeld," said Hougaard.

Sport24

Comments
  • Jack - 2012-03-25 19:23

    Maybe he should try the Kings...aka Hasbeens United

      Franklyn - 2012-03-25 19:46

      Ill put R5 on that !

      Saffa - 2012-03-25 20:04

      "jackblack You wanted to say the Stormers, masters in buying other teams`` hasbeens

      Stormkaap - 2012-03-25 20:16

      No Saffa that was a Rassie policy, Frikkie Welsh, CJ amd a couple of others.. Oh remember Ricki J from the lions and your ex famous wingers that sought homes in in beautiful Cape Town!

      ru.rudzani - 2012-03-25 20:34

      Yes retirement homes

      Derrick - 2012-03-25 21:57

      @Stormkaap- if you knew anything about Rugby you would know that RJ was an original product of Boland- is that part of Gauteng ?

      Marius - 2012-03-26 09:22

      @jackblack. The Kings already have 5 flyhalves on their books and the best two of them, the ones regularly starting this year, are only 21 years old. They recently also turned down Francois Brummer from the Bulls , who was also looking for a contract with the Kings, so don't hink they have place for Hougaard. They would rather invest in another prop, because apart from Jaco Engels and Clint Newland, they are a bit thin in that area.

  • Bill - 2012-03-25 19:51

    High kick and charge specialist. His back line outside if him is only there because you have to have 15 people in a team....

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-25 20:06

      Whoever you support, Hougaard has won more cups than your whole team combined, dingbat.

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-25 20:30

      Balsak, jy verneder jouself elke dag n bietjie meer.

      Japjapjap - 2012-03-25 20:59

      @sakki- dis mooi- alle jo grappies op 'n stokkie...Bere nou jou stokkie en maak jou gulp toe. julle kan hom oor 5 jaar kry... hy moet nog 'n paar jong latte hier leer skop, maar ek dink, hou hom eerder by die blou bulle en ni by die bulls ni??

      Bill - 2012-03-25 21:16

      Seem to remember that the Bulls worst run in the Super leagues was when he was flyhalf, but then it might be my dingbat brain that is confused?

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-25 22:38

      Well Dingbat, he won a Super 14 and 2 Currie cups. How about your team's flyhalf, or whole team for that matter?

      Jc - 2012-03-26 10:51

      @ Japjapjap. Dis baie volwasse van jou. Word groot man! Ek was onder die indruk dat Vlok Cilliers die manne daar by julle leer skop - 'n baie beter leermeester as Hougaard mmm?

  • Jco - 2012-03-26 03:50

    Wat gaan jul so aan in die Kaap oor skop rugby! Ek dink ek lees reg dat die jong Bul span slegs een punt agter die magtige Stormers is op die punte leer. Dit beteken dat bulletjies druk ver meer driee as die sterk Stormers. Ek dink in geheel van al die spanne in die Super 15 reeks, loop die bulle voor met driee.

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-26 06:13

      Saterdag se 'one dimentional' rugby wat die Bulle gespeel het was nogal boring.

  • Bertus - 2012-03-26 07:42

    Isak the stormers almost lost to a lions c team, what a joke!!!

  • WP - 2012-03-26 09:29

    Cant wait, 50 000 loftus tappets, chanting liefling, to Hougaard in pink

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-26 09:47

      Me neither.

      WP - 2012-03-26 09:57

      Even better,a duet by Steve Hofmeyr and Kurt Darren ,while holding hands.

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-26 10:14

      Solank hulle nie 'Liefling' sing nie. Dis oor'le oom Gé se treffer.

  • jamestanner1979 - 2012-03-26 13:04

    As a Saracens fan I'm sad to see him go. Played well for us and will always be remembered for his hand in beating the Springbok touring side at Wembley!!!

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