Hougie under the knife

July 31, 2013
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Springbok scrumhalf Francois Hougaard will not play again this year and will undergo surgery next week.

Jan de Koning, Rugby365

Bulls team doctor Org Strauss confirmed to thi
s website that a chronic ankle injury has flared up again and the 25-year-old, capped 27 times for his country, will go under the knife next Thursday.

“You have to fix it now, otherwise it will just get worse,” Strauss said of the No.9 – who featured in the Bulls’ 23-26 Super Rugby semifinal loss to the Brumbies in Pretoria last Saturday.

While the doctor was reluctant to put an exact time frame on his recovery, as the full extent of the damage will only be revealed during surgery, it is unlikely he will start training before December.

Flank Deon Stegmann will also miss the entire Currie Cup campaign, after medical tests revealed a shoulder injury that requires surgery.

They join other long-term injury setbacks on the Bulls books like Arno Botha, Pierre Spies and Louis Fouché – none of whom will play again this year.
Rudi Paige and Ruan Snyman are the options at scrumhalf for the Bulls, with the Currie Cup season less than two weeks away.

In the national team the No.9 options include Cheetahs star Piet van Zyl, who ironically is bound to return to Pretoria later this year. And, of course, there is also Ulster-based Ruan Pienaar and Jano Vermaak, who is heading to Toulouse in France.

All in all the Bulls are losing the services of eight international players.

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4 Comments

  1. avatar Mug Punters Organisation of South Africa says:
    August 1st, 2013 at 12:39 am

    How Many times do I have to say SAREL!!!!! Fok
    No Rorreee either. Maybe we retread another wing as scrumhalf LOL at least he wont come out of the defensive line? Oh maybe not since he is going abroad.
    Still think the Lions and Sharks youngsters are good enough as back up.

  2. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    August 1st, 2013 at 3:31 am

    @Mug Punters Organisation of South Africa:

    ‘Sarel’ mate is just like Hougaard… a better wing than 9… the only difference is he’s actually had 2 years of game-time in the position whereas Hougaard has not…

    Rory vital as there HAS to be more than one kicker on the field to back Morne up…

  3. avatar Craven says:
    August 3rd, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Bryce, Pienaar is quite a handy kicker.

  4. avatar DavidS says:
    August 3rd, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Compared to Kockott’s record Pienaar is a hack

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