Hougaard stays in Pretoria

Francois Hougaard has signed a three-year extension to his contract that will see him stay with the Bulls until the end of 2012.

Hougaard, currently on tour with the Springboks, made his Test debut against Italy last week.

He didn’t play Craven Week for Western Province and left the union at the end of 2007, but with Fourie du Preez and Heini Adams at Loftus, Hougaard has also been used at outside centre and wing this year. He will be hoping to shed the ‘utility’ tag and settle at his preferred scrumhalf position in the near future.