Francois Hougaard: Wasps lock in versatile Springbok ahead of Premiership season

Adam Kyriacou
Francois Hougaard

Wasps have announced that versatile Springboks back Francois Hougaard has put pen to paper on a new contract with the club.

Hougaard linked up with the English side on a short-term deal last season and impressed in the black shirt, both at number nine and on the wing.

And those showings have led to him being offered a contract ahead of the new season, with Wasps head coach Lee Blackett delighted to keep him.

A great addition

“We are delighted to have Francois back in the set up ahead of the 2022/23 campaign,” the coach said ahead of next weekend’s Premiership kick off.

“He was a great addition to the squad last season and brought some moments of magic in the latter stages of last season.

“Francois’ rugby intelligence and experience is what it takes to succeed in the Premiership. His versatility and strength to play both nine and on the wing is exactly what we need.

“He is a popular member of the squad and I’m looking forward to seeing him back in training and excited to see what he will bring this season.”

Hougaard was part of South Africa‘s squad between 2009 and 2014 and also played for their Sevens team before making the move north to England.

Can’t wait to start

“I’m delighted to have re-signed with Wasps,” said the former Worcester Warriors and Bulls star.

“The set up here is great and the facilities are second to none. I can’t wait to start training with the boys again and to get back out in front of the fans at Coventry Building Society Arena next month.”

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