Worcester Warriors has re-signed Springbok scrum-half Francois Hougaard on a three-year-deal.
Capped 46-times by South Africa, Hougaard has extended his stay at the Warriors for another three years that will see him remain at Sixways until at least 2021. Since arriving at Worcester in Feburary 2016 on a short-term deal, the scrum-half has gone on to become a significant part of the Warriors game during his 29 appearances.
Hougaard is yet another to join a list of key names to re-sign with the Premiership side and is a statement of their intent to climb the ranks.
The 29-year-old joined Worcester from Super Rugby side the Blue Bulls after spending seven years with the South African outfit. Hougaard won back-to-back Super Rugby titles with the Bulls in 2009 and 2010.
Warriors Director of Rugby Alan Solomons said: “Francois is an X Factor player who has had a major impact on the fortunes of this Club’s performances on the pitch over the last two years.
“His experience, ability, drive and energy have been key for the side. He is a talisman for the team and lifts the players around him so we are extremely excited to have Francois here for the next three years.”
Hougaard added: “I have felt at home at Sixways since the day I arrived at the Club and feel fortunate to be part of a squad which is so committed to moving forward in unity.
“We have a fantastic group of players at Sixways who all want to do well for each other and I am looking forward to being part of this Club’s future.”