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Hougaard side-lined for the rest of the season

Written by Scott Bevan (The Hobbit)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content, Springboks on 31 Jul 2013 at 15:12
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Brenden Nel, writing for SuperSport’s website, has confirmed that Francois Hougaard will undergo surgery on his ankle next week, which will likely see him side-lined for the rest of the season. The ankle has plagued Hougaard in a season that he would prefer to forget.

The versatile scrumhalf who is often utilised on the wing at both international and Super rugby level picked up the ankle injury during the early part of the Bulls Super Rugby season and it saw him return home early from the Bulls overseas tour.

“It isn’t the same ankle injury that has been plaguing him,” team doctor Org Strauss explained. “This is a different injury he picked up and we believe it the right course of action that he undergoes surgery.”

This will surely give Heyneke Meyer a headache before the Springbok team announcement for the Castle Rugby Championship at the end of the week.

While he was called up to the Boks for the June internationals, he was sent back from the Bok camp early to recover from the ankle injury and he lost his place to his teammate Jano Vermaak.

Hougaard’s injury means that Jano Vermaak is likely to join Ruan Pienaar as Bok No 9 for the Castle Rugby championship, with Piet van Zyl doing back-up duty as he did in the June.

Other players who will be absent for the Castle Rugby championship due to injury are Sharks Frans Steyn and Pieter-Steph du Toit, Bulls Pierre Spies and Arno Botha and Stormers prop Frans Malherbe. JP Pietersen and Andries Bekker are also not available due to commitments at their Japanese clubs.


  • Hopefully Cobus Reinach will get to actually get his call up now and enjoy it, coz remember that he was in front of Piet in the qeue

  • Comment 1, posted at 31.07.13 15:40:36 by KingRiaan Reply
  • Hougaard needs the time to sort himself out. He’s been poor all season.

  • Comment 2, posted at 31.07.13 15:53:04 by Pokkel Reply
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  • Who names their child Org? 😈

  • Comment 3, posted at 31.07.13 16:31:52 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 3) : A friend of mines parents.

  • Comment 4, posted at 31.07.13 16:34:23 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 3) : William Wales, apparently

  • Comment 5, posted at 31.07.13 16:38:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Salmonoid the Subtle (Comment 4) : foeitog. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 31.07.13 16:38:57 by McLovin Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : Two extra letters makes all the difference. 🙂

  • Comment 7, posted at 31.07.13 16:40:31 by McLovin Reply

  • …..or even three.

  • Comment 8, posted at 31.07.13 16:41:17 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 6) : Nah, didnt harm him any – he is one of those lucky ones blessed with enough looks to negate any name or issue that he may have been saddled with.

  • Comment 9, posted at 31.07.13 16:47:09 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Anybody know when Heyneke will be announcing the Bok Rugby Championship squad? 😕 Now seems the perfect time to get the squad together. Aus and NZ still have players unavailable but we have everyone we need. I’m not saying hardcore training sessions since the players need a break but surely getting the squad together and going through tactics etc can only be a good idea? And it’s a little over two weeks until the first match!

    But what do I know anyway? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 01.08.13 00:20:00 by SeanyJMc Reply

  • @SeanyJMc (Comment 10) : end of this week apparently

  • Comment 11, posted at 01.08.13 07:54:25 by The Hobbit Reply
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  • Deon Stegmann is also out. Shoulder injury

  • Comment 12, posted at 01.08.13 07:58:41 by The Hobbit Reply
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  • @SeanyJMc (Comment 10) :

    Saturday, according to Jean Smyth on Twitter.

  • Comment 13, posted at 01.08.13 12:07:23 by gatewayshark Reply

  • @gatewayshark (Comment 13) : yes, Saturday morning

  • Comment 14, posted at 01.08.13 12:53:32 by robdylan Reply
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