'He's so romantic!' Hougie's head over heels for lovely Annebell

By Lara Atson
03 March 2016

It looks as if Blitsbok Francois Hougaard (27) is smitten.

Sorry girls, this Blitsbok is smitten. Francois Hougaard (27) and his new girlfriend, Annebell van Heerden (22), have been making their love public on social media.

Happy Valentine's Day! Love you @annebellvheerden

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On Valentine’s Day Francois, who’s presently playing for English club, Worcester Warriors, shared a photo on Instagram showing him planting a kiss on Annebell’s cheek.

Miss this face!! #HearingYourVoiceMakesMeMissYouMore #1Down4ToGo\

A photo posted by Annebell van Heerden (@annebellvheerden) on

Last week the blonde beauty, who works in public relations for a firm of attorneys in Johannesburg, shared a photo on her Instagram profile showing her standing with a pot of roses.

6 Months Today At Toni's where we met for the 1st time, 7 Months ago

A photo posted by Annebell van Heerden (@annebellvheerden) on

“It started out with a bad hair day but it just got a whole lot better. Now I can hide behind these,” she wrote. Her romantic boyfriend responded by sharing three hearts.

It started out with a bad hair day but just got a whole lot better Now I can hide behind these #FriYAY #LuckyMe

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The couple met in July last year through a mutual friend.

“We started dating in August,” Annebell says. "We met at a friend’s restaurant in Pretoria. Obviously I knew who he was but I didn’t know him personally," she says with a laugh. They clicked immediately. They began to see each other and the rest is history.

Hougie is extremely romantic, she says. He often sends her flowers, especially when he’s touring. She’ll be joining him in England at the end of the month. Sweet.

Five things to know about Annebell 1 She comes from Brits, in North West, but now lives in Johannesburg. 2 Like Francois she likes tattoos, and has five. She’s in the process of having a tattoo on her collarbone removed by laser. Her favourite tattoo is the one on her back. It reads, “She flies with her own wings”.

Happy Choooooseday

A photo posted by Annebell van Heerden (@annebellvheerden) on

Waving hello to the storm #JustWaveAndLookAway

A photo posted by Annebell van Heerden (@annebellvheerden) on

3 Annebell has introduced Francois to her family. He visited them in Brits for Christmas. 4 Her stepfather, Sean Jacobs, is a farmer and her mom, Annelie, works at a nursery school. She has two brothers, Jan van Heerden (27) and Christo Jacobs (5), and a 20-year-old sister, Hesmarie van Heerden. 5 She’s a great baker. On Valentine’s Day she shared a photo of her and Hougie tucking into a home-made red velvet cake on Instagram. We wonder if he helped bake it.

What @francoishougaard_ and I get up to on Valentine's Day Our very own homemade Red Velvet Cake

A photo posted by Annebell van Heerden (@annebellvheerden) on

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