Francois Hougaard

Scrum Half / Wing

DOB 06 Apr 1988
Birthplace Paarl, S Africa
Weight 92 KG
Height 1.8 M

South Africa international Francois Hougaard moved to Sixways in February 2016 on a contract initially till the end of the 2015/16 season.

The scrum-half enjoyed an emphatic start to life in Worcester and immediately became a fans' favourite. After joining a Warriors side which found itself just two points off the bottom of the table, Hougaard inspired his side to five wins in his first six games before signing a permanent deal with the Club.

The South African scored twice in his nine games and became the first Warrior to win an Aviva Premiership Player of the Month award for his contributions in March.

His second season at Sixways also proved successful despite the fact he was ruled out until the final four months of the campaign.

Following his return to action Hougaard illustrated his big-game mentality once again as he inspired his side to victories over Saracens, Bristol Rugby and Bath Rugby as Warriors comfortably secured their place in the Premiership.

Before his move to Sixways, Hougaard was part of the South Africa Sevens side and helped them top the HSBC World Sevens Series in 2016, where they won the Cape Town leg of the tournament and finished runners-up in Wellington to New Zealand.

The half-back first burst onto the international scene for the Springboks in 2009 before featuring at the 2011 Rugby World Cup and has gone on to make over 35 appearances for his country.

Hougaard’s club career began at Western Province before moving to Pretoria to play for Super Rugby side the Bulls.

During his time at Loftus Versfeld, the versatile back racked up an impressive 26 tries in 88 appearances as he helped the Bulls to back-to-back Super Rugby titles in 2009 and 2010, scoring a vital try against rivals Stormers in the 2010 final.

Domestically, Hougaard played for the Blue Bulls from 2008 to 2015, crossing the whitewash 16 times in 48 games as they reached the Currie Cup final in 2008, before winning it a year later where he again scored an important try in the final against the Cheetahs.

The number nine was also part of the Blue Bulls side which reached four consecutive Vodacom Cup finals, winning it in 2008 and 2010, while he also spent time with the Southern Kings back in 2009.

Season2016-2017
CompetitionAviva Premiership Rugby
TeamWarriors
Mins681
Games9
Sub4
Tries2
Season2016-2017
CompetitionAnglo Welsh Cup
TeamWarriors
Mins55
Games1
Sub1
Tries1
Season2015-2016
CompetitionAviva Premiership Rugby
TeamWarriors
Mins713
Games9
Sub1
Tries2
Season2014-2015
CompetitionTest Matches
TeamSouth Africa
Mins18
Games1
Sub1
Season2014-2015
CompetitionGuinness Series
TeamSouth Africa
Mins57
Games1
Sub1
Season2012-2013
CompetitionFriendly
TeamSouth Africa
Games1
Season2011-2012
CompetitionRugby World Cup
TeamSouth Africa
Mins19
Games2
Sub1
Tries3
Season2010-2011
CompetitionFriendly
TeamSouth Africa
Mins20
Games1
Sub1
Season2009-2010
CompetitionFriendly
TeamSouth Africa XV
Mins26
Games1
Sub1
Season2006-2007
CompetitionUnder 19 World Championships
TeamRSA
Games1