Springbok Francois Hougaard gets his kicks on instagram

2013-04-23 00:00

TATTOOS, fast cars, expensive shoes and watches.

These are the things that occupy Springbok scrumhalf when he isn’t playing rugby, according to his profile on the social network Instagram.

Hougaard is one of several sports stars and celebrities who use Instagram to share information with their fans and create an image of themselves.

This versatile application, which is available on Apple and Android devices, is chiefly a way for users to edit photos and share them with other users.

Unlike Twitter and Facebook, Instagram offers the opportunity to edit photos, altering them through changing the lighting or, for example, making them appear more old-fashioned through the use of filters

Facebook bought Instagram for about R7,8 billion last year.

Sports stars like Hougaard, fellow Blue Bull Chilliboy Ralepele, swimmer Cameron van der Burgh, “Blade Runner” Oscar Pistorius and former Miss South Africa Melinda Bam have popular profiles on Instagram.

It’s usually the users themselves who take the pictures.

Hougaard recently uploaded a picture of a pair Gucci men’s shoes worth R5 465 to his Instagram profile, with the caption “New Kicks”.

He likes to upload photos of himself in his training gear shortly after a training session, and enjoys sharing photos of new tattoos with his Instagram followers.

Van der Burgh likes to share photos of his world trips and interesting meals he enjoys, or even ones he didn’t enjoy.

He isn’t shy either to share pictures of himself and his girlfriend, Jana Botes, with about 4 000 followers.

Since fatally shooting his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, Pistorius has not uploaded any more photos to Instagram.

Hougaard reportedly dated Steenkamp and was rumored to have texted her on the night of her death

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