Currie Cup

Hougaard weighing up options: British citizenship or the Bulls

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Francois Hougaard in action for the Blue Bulls in 2015. (Photo by Luke Walker/Gallo Images)
Francois Hougaard in action for the Blue Bulls in 2015. (Photo by Luke Walker/Gallo Images)

Acquiring British citizenship is reportedly a factor playing on scrumhalf Francois Hougaard's mind as he ponders a move back to Pretoria with the Bulls.

The 32-year-old Springbok has been linked with a move to the Bulls from English club Worcester Warriors, who he joined in 2016.

Afrikaans newspaper Rapport reported on Sunday that while negotiations between Hougaard and the Bulls have gone well, he has yet to put pen to paper.

Hougaard, who boasts 46 Tests, is contemplating extending his stay in Europe in order to obtain British citizenship, which he could obtain at the end of the 2021 season.

The report added that the Bulls soon want clarity on the matter as they need to fill the void left by the outgoing Ivan van Zyl.

Since Jake White's arrival as director of rugby at the Bulls, the franchise engaged in an ongoing recruitment drive, with the latest signings being Springboks Marcell Coetzee and Johan Goosen.

- Compiled by Sport24 staff

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