Domenica, 14 Febbraio 2016 15:12 | Hougaard joins Worcester, out of Super Rugby

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Cape Town - SpringbokSevens player Francois Hougaard will join Aviva Premiership side WorcesterWarriors in England on a short term contract, SA Rugby confirmed on Monday.

The Springbok scrumhalf iscurrently on a one-year

contract with the Springbok Sevens side. He will returnto the squad in May, in time to be considered for selection for the last twoWorld Series tournaments of the season, in Paris (14 and 15 May) and a weeklater at Twickenham in London.

The move effectively means that Hougaard will not represent the Bulls in Super Rugby this season.

Since joining the SpringbokSevens, 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 inauguralHSBC Cape Town Sevens title.

Springbok Sevens coach, NeilPowell, said Hougaard has made a big impact since joining the squad before thestart of the season. According to Powell, the player has always played opencards with him regarding his desire to undertake a short spell overseas.

“This is a great opportunity forFrancois and he was always keen on the idea of exploring playing opportunitiesoverseas,” said Powell.

“He has kept us informed at alltimes and we had him scheduled to skip the next couple of tournaments anyway,because of our rotation system.”

Hougaard will therefore not beavailable for selection for the next four World Series tournaments, in LasVegas, Vancouver, Hong Kong and Singapore. At Worcester, he will be reunitedwith former Bulls and Springbok team-mates Wynand Olivier and DewaldPotgieter.

The Springbok Sevens is currentlyone of a trio of teams who have 69 points after four rounds. Fiji is placedfirst because of their superior points margin, followed by South Africa and NewZealand.

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