Player of the Week – Francois Hougaard
11 February 2013

Every new season brings new expectations and those who are expecting a big season from the Vodacom Bulls utility player seems to be on the right track. “Hougie” showed his class and zest for the upcoming season with a very polished display against the Toyota Cheetahs in Polokwane on Saturday.

The livewire scrumhalf was always dangerous around the edges and his sniping ability resulted in two tries to his team at a time that the game was calling out for someone to make a difference.

On defence, Hougaard again did not disappoint and showed good strength, while his hard work in the tactical kicking department clearly paid off, as he provided good support to Mornè Steyn.

Physical: 1.79m & 91 Kg
DOB: 06 April 1988, Paarl


Film: Gladiator
Music: 30 Seconds to Mars
Food: Sushi
Schools: Robertson Primary and Paul Roos Gymnasium, Stellenbosch.

Hougaard was named man-of-the-match in his first start at scrumhalf for the Boks, against the All Blacks in Soweto in 2010. This skilful and nuggety player, who is equally at home on the wing as at scrumhalf has since played in a total of 27 tests and three tour matches for the Springboks.

Springbok number: 807
Test debut: 21 November 2009 vs Italy in Udine, aged 21
Win ratio tests: 16-9-2
Honours: SA Rugby Player of the Year nominee (2011).
Super Rugby caps: 45
Points: 85

1 Des Sid Kingsley (Oorlede)
3 Des Tiaan Joubert
3 Des Tommy Webb
4 Des Braam Faure
4 Des Deon Oosthuisen
4 Des Kresence Swanepoel
4 Des Murray Bondesio
5 Des Gavin September
15 Des Dolf Bekker
6 Des Gerhard Klerck
6 Des Eugene Meyer
6 Des Francois Rossouw
9 Des Bees Roux
9 Des Elandré vd Bergh
10 Des Jaco Pretorius
11 Des Alan Faber
11 Des Wikus Lock
12 Des Bill(Os) Odendaal
14 Des Barend Brits
14 Des Bags Cilliers (Oorlede)
14 Des Chris Maree
14 Des Graham Noonan
14 Des Graham Noonan