Having joined the Bulls soon after school, Hougaard emerged as the successor to Fourie du Preez, but forced his way into the starting line-up at wing before the scrumhalf legend retired.
His pace and strength coupled with a tenacious attitude make him one of the most dangerous halfbacks in the game.
Hougaard won back-to-back Super Rugby titles with the Bulls in 2009 and 2010, secured Currie Cup triumph with the Blue Bulls in 2009 and reached four consecutive Vodacom Cup finals - winning the competition in 2008 and 2010. He also spent time with the Southern Kings in 2009.
After missing out on the Springbok team to play in the 2015 World Cup and not renewing his Bulls contract, Hougaard joined up with the SA 7's side in a hope to make the Rio Olympics where he went on to win a Bronze Medal.
In February 2016, Hougaard arrived at Sixways on a short-term deal in February 2016 and signed a permanent deal in mid-March.
Hougaard made 9 appearances for Warriors in the 2016/17 English Premiership season, scoring 2 tries and in early 2018 he announced an extension to his contract keeping him at Sixways until 2021.
On the international front Hougaard has won 46 caps for South Africa and was part of his country’s 2011 Rugby World Cup squad and 2016 Rio Olympics Sevens squad, where he picked up a bronze medal.
In March 2021, he signed a deal with Wasps.
(LS March 17, 2021)
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