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Sport24.co.za | Warriors thank SARU for Hougaard deal

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Cape Town - Worcester Warriors have thanked the SouthAfrican Rugby Union (SARU) for allowing Francois Hougaard to join them.

It was announced on Monday that the Springbok Sevens playerwill join the Aviva

Premiership side in England on a short-term contract.

The Springbok scrumhalf is currently on a one-year contractwith the Springbok Sevens side. He will return to the squad in May, in time tobe considered for selection for the last two World Series tournaments of theseason, in Paris (May 14 and 15) and a week later at Twickenham in London.

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

But the Bulls’ loss is Worcester’s gain and they aredelighted to see Hougaard join them.

"We'd like to thank the South African Rugby Union forallowing Francois to join us at this time,” Worcester’s Director of Rugby DeanRyan told the club’s official website.

"Francois is a livewire scrumhalf with enormousexperience at the top level in South Africa.

"His signing is a statement of intent of where we areheading as a club and we are genuinely excited about what he can bring to thetable.”

Hougaard added: "I can't wait to play in the AvivaPremiership and am relishing the challenge that lies ahead.

"After speaking with Dean and close friend WynandOlivier, Worcester sounds like a fantastic place for any top-end athlete to beand I believe there is a lot to look forward to at the club.

"Hopefully I can add some experience to the side and wecan start pushing our way up the table in this last block of games."

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