Worcester sign South Africa international Francois Hougaard

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Worcester have signed South Africa international Francois Hougaard on a deal until the end of the season.

The 27-year-old can play at scrum-half or wing and moves to Sixways on the back of a spell playing for the South Africa Sevens side.

Hougaard said: "I can't wait to play in the Aviva Premiership and am relishing the challenge that lies ahead.

"After speaking with Dean and close friend Wynand Olivier, Worcester sounds like a fantastic place for any top-end athlete to be and I believe there is a lot to look forward to at the club.

"Hopefully I can add some experience to the side and we can start pushing our way up the table in this last block of games."

Warriors' director of rugby Dean Ryan added: "Francois is a livewire scrum-half with enormous experience at the top level in South Africa.

"His signing is a statement of intent of where we are heading as a club and we are genuinely excited about what he can bring to the table. We'd also like to thank the South African Rugby Union for allowing Francois to join us at this time."

Hougaard began his career at Western Province before he moved to Super Rugby franchise the Bulls, where he helped them win successive Super Rugby titles in 2009 and 2010. He has also played for the Blue Bulls, where he scored 16 tries in 48 games between 2008 and 2015.

He won his first South Africa Test cap in 2009 before going on to play in the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Hougaard has 35 caps and has scored five tries for the Springboks.