Francois Hougaard pens new deal with Wasps

Francois Hougaard joined Wasps in 2021
Francois Hougaard joined Wasps in 2021

Wasps have announced that Francois Hougaard has penned a new contract with the Gallagher Premiership club.

Hougaard joined Wasps initially on a short-term last season and had previously worked with Worcester Warriors, Bulls, Southern Kings and Western Province.

At the international level, the 34-year-old featured in 46 Tests for the Springboks between 2009 and 2017 and was part of their 2011 Rugby World Cup campaign.

He was also part of the South Africa 7s side that won the Bronze medal during the 2016 Olympic games.

"I’m delighted to have re-signed with Wasps. .

“The set up here is great and the facilities are second to none. I can’t wait to start training with the boys again and to get back out in front of the fans at Coventry Building Society Arena next month.”

Wasps head coach Lee Blackett is delighted with Hougaard signing a new deal with the club.

“We are delighted to have Francois back in the set up ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.

“He was a great addition to the squad last season and brought some moments of magic in the latter stages of last season.

“Francois’ rugby intelligence and experience is what it takes to succeed in the Premiership. His versatility and strength to play both 9 and on the wing is exactly what we need.

He is a popular member of the squad and I’m looking forward to seeing him back in training and excited to see what he will bring this season.”