Francois Hougaard signs Worcester Warriors extension

Francois Hougaard joined Worcester Warriors in 2016
Francois Hougaard joined Worcester Warriors in 2016

Worcester Warriors have announced that South Africa international Francois Hougaard has signed a new contract to keep their scrum-half at Sixways until 2021.

The 29-year-old's existing deal was due to expire at the end of the 2018-19 season.

Hougaard has been an influential figure at Sixways by making 29 appearances and scoring five tries after he initially joined the Warriors on a short-term deal in February 2016. He also scored a try on his Warriors debut and helped the side win five of his first six matches at the Club.

"Francois is an X factor player," said Warriors director of rugby Alan Solomons. "His experience, ability, drive and energy have been key.

"He's had a major impact on this club's fortunes over the last two years."

Hougaard added: “I have felt at home at Sixways since the day I arrived at the club and feel fortunate to be part of a squad which is so committed to moving forward in unity.

“We have a fantastic group of players at Sixways who all want to do well for each other and I am looking forward to being part of this club’s future.”

Prior to his move to Sixways, Hougaard spent seven years with the Blue Bulls after commencing his career with Western Province.

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