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Hougaard determined to make the Bok squad

Jul 6, 2015
Hougaard determined to make the Bok squad

Vodacom Blue Bulls wing, Francois Hougaard, has said that he wants to prove the Springbok selectors wrong, after not being selected in the Springbok team for this year’s Rugby World Cup.

Hougaard admitted to being startled at not being selected in Springbok coach, Heyneke Meyer’s 49-man team, which was announced las week, however, had added that he will prove himself during the 2015 Currie Cup season.

“When you put goals out there it is also disappointing but it also motivates me to play harder and improve in all aspects,” he said.

The 27-year-old was meant to leave for Japan, in order to play for the Canon Eagles after the 2015 Super Rugby season ended. He has however opted to stay for the Currie Cup rugby campaign.

“I’m fully committed to playing here because I could have gone overseas and run away from the challenges. I’m not someone who runs away from any challenges. I think life is all about challenges and I could not have found a better one with not being in the Springbok squad,” he added.

Bulls coach, Nollis Marais, has said that he will be placing Hougaard at scrumhalf for his year’s Currie Cup, after Hougaard had spent the Super Rugby season at wing.

“I’m not sure if it (playing wing) influenced my chance of making the Bok squad. But I’m not going to let it get me down. I enjoy playing wing. If I don’t make the World Cup squad, so be it. But I will fight until the end to make it.

“I had a nice chat with Nollis and he wants to utilise me at scrumhalf. It’s the position where you get criticised most often. If the forwards struggle, then the scrumhalf struggles. I’m ready for the responsibility.”


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