"50-50" - Former Leicester and Saracens fly-half remains in critical condition - Ruck

“50-50” – Former Leicester and Saracens fly-half remains in critical condition

Derick Hougaard’s condition remains critical as the former Springbok flyhalf fights for his life in a Pretoria hospital.

It was reported over the weekend that Hougaard had been in a coma for the past week, reportedly with inflammation in his lungs.

Netwerk24 reported late on Sunday that Hougaard, 40, was “gravely ill” and that he had “serious infection in his lungs”.

Rugby Pass later added that Hougaard has been given a “50/50” chance of emerging from a coma that has seen him battling for life in an ICU bed in Pretoria.

News24 spoke to a representative of singer Nadine, who has been with Hougaard at his side, who confirmed that Hougaard remained in a coma and in ICU at the Steve Biko Hospital in Pretoria on Monday morning. 

Known affectionately as the ‘Liefling of Loftus’, Hougaard played over 100 games for the Bulls between 2002 and 2008 before stints with Leicester Tigers and Saracens in England. 

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