The South African Rugby Union(SARU) confirmed on Monday that scrum-half Francois Hougaard has signed a short-term contract with Aviva Premiership side the Worcester Warriors.
Hougaard is currently a valued member of the South African Sevens side, the Blitzbokke, and has been a real force in their campaign so far, which sees them level on points with New Zealand and Fiji at the top of the ladder.
With his pace and agility, Hougaard will be a welcome addition to the Worcester Warriors team. Their regular scrum half, Luke Baldwin, only returned from injury at the beginning of January. Signing Hougaard gives them far more options and could add some diversity to their attack, as well as tenacious tackling and experience to their defence.
Francois Hougaard began his top level career at Western Province before moving to join the Bulls. Since 2009 he has earned 35 caps for the Springboks and scored 5 international tries.
The contract only ties Hougaard with the Warriors until the end of the season, which means that he will be able to play with the Blitzbokke in the final two World Series tournaments and be a part of the side in the build up to the Rio Olympics.