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Francois Hougaard Named Aviva Premiership Rugby March Player of the Month

Francois Hougaard

Worcester Warriors’ Francois Hougaard has been named Aviva Premiership Play of the Month for March.

Scrum-half Francois Hougaard was instrumental in the Warriors becoming the only side in Aviva Premiership Rugby to win all four matches in the month, setting a new club Premiership record.

“I don’t think there has been a better mid-season signing than Francois,” said BT Sport’s Austin Healey, “and, while he would be the first to acknowledge his teammates, he was a vital ingredient to those victories as they secured their place in next season’s Aviva Premiership Rugby.

“There is always a risk associated with signing a player halfway through a season, but this was a superb piece of business by Dean Ryan.”

Hougaard made an incredible start to the month producing a man-of-the-match performance in the 15-14 victory at Newcastle Falcons – the Warriors’ first away success in Aviva Premiership Rugby for two years.

“Francois has had a huge influence on the side in a short space of time,” said Ryan after Hougaard recently signed a new permanent contract at the club.

Hougaard was involved in a three-way battle for this month’s title, eventually beating Saracens’ full-back Alex Goode and Northampton Saints’ back rower Teimana Harrison to the title.


Hougaard wins a trophy and a £250 donation to the charity of his choice.

Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Month for March is Francois Hougaard of Worcester Warriors who poses with his Aviva Player of the Month Award - Photo mandatory by-line: Phil Mingo/Pinnacle/Aviva - Tel: +44(0)1363 881025 - Mobile: 0797 1270 681 - 01/04/2016 - SPORT - RUGBY UNION - AVIVA PREMIERSHIP  - Aviva Player of the Month Award

Winners in the 2015-16 season

October – Nick Evans (Harlequins)
November – Nathan Hughes (Wasps)
December – Maro Itoje (Saracens)
January – Thomas Waldrom (Exeter Chiefs)
February – George Smith (Wasps)
March – Francois Hougaard (Worcester Warriors)

Winners in the 2014-15 season

September – Kyle Eastmond (Bath Rugby)
October – Semesa Rokoduguni (Bath Rugby)
November – Thomas Waldrom (Exeter Chiefs)
December – Samu Manoa (Northampton Saints)
January – Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby)
February – Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs)
March – Elliot Daly (Wasps)
April – Joe Simpson (Wasps)

Winners in the 2013-14 season

September – Jacques Burger (Saracens)
October – Samu Manoa (Northampton Saints)
November – George Ford (Bath Rugby)
December – Nick Easter (Harlequins)
January – Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)
February – Vereniki Goneva (Leicester Tigers)
March – Danny Cipriani (Sale Sharks)
April – Chris Ashton (Saracens)


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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.