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Hougaard under the microscope in SA Rugby

19 March 2014 in Sport

The April issue of SA Rugby is out and the feature article this month looks at Bulls scrumhalf Francois Hougaard, who needs to make concrete decisions immediately or risk watching a career of incredible promise die a slow death.


Senior sports writer Ryan Vrede looks at the criticism that came Hougaard's way after the Bulls' opening Super Rugby match of the season against the Sharks. 'He is being widely spoken of as a bad player,' writes Vrede. 'This couldn’t be further from the truth. He is an exceptional player in the midst of a struggle, one he has contributed to, certainly, but not solely responsible for.'


Fourie du Preez tells SA Rugby that the Bulls are not letting Hougaard play according to his strengths. 'Watching him for the Bulls you can see that they’re trying to push a square peg into a round hole,' says Du Preez, before elaborating on what makes him and Hougaard such different scrumhalves.


Vrede then looks at where Hougaard should be playing – scrumhalf or wing – and reveals where Heyneke Meyer plans to use him for the Boks this year.



Among other top stories, the new issue also looks at Ryan Kankowski who is enjoying the new Sharks environment, and how Marnitz Boshoff helped the Lions make a triumphant return to Super Rugby.