Cape Town - Springbok
Sevens player Francois Hougaard will join Aviva Premiership side Worcester
Warriors in England on a short term contract, SA Rugby confirmed on Monday.
The Springbok scrumhalf is
currently on a one-year contract with the Springbok Sevens side. He will return
to the squad in May, in time to be considered for selection for the last two
World Series tournaments of the season, in Paris (14 and 15 May) and a week
later at Twickenham in London.
The move effectively means that Hougaard will not represent the Bulls in Super Rugby this season.
Since joining the Springbok
Sevens, Hougaard has played in four HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series tournaments,
helping South Africa to joint first place on the log as well as the inaugural
HSBC Cape Town Sevens title.
Springbok Sevens coach, Neil
Powell, said Hougaard has made a big impact since joining the squad before the
start of the season. According to Powell, the player has always played open
cards with him regarding his desire to undertake a short spell overseas.
“This is a great opportunity for
Francois and he was always keen on the idea of exploring playing opportunities
overseas,” said Powell.
“He has kept us informed at all
times and we had him scheduled to skip the next couple of tournaments anyway,
because of our rotation system.”
Hougaard will therefore not be
available for selection for the next four World Series tournaments, in Las
Vegas, Vancouver, Hong Kong and Singapore. At Worcester, he will be reunited
with former Bulls and Springbok team-mates Wynand Olivier and Dewald
The Springbok Sevens is currently
one of a trio of teams who have 69 points after four rounds. Fiji is placed
first because of their superior points margin, followed by South Africa and New