The highly versatile Stuart Hogg made his Scottish senior debut replacing Max Evans during the 2012 Six Nations fixture against Wales. Hogg done enough in his brief cameo against Wales to be awarded a start against France two weeks later, an occasion he marked with a try. Hogg’s ascension to the Scottish senior squad should come as no surprise.
Previously in the academy of the now defunct Border Reivers, Hogg signed for Glasgow Warriors, whom he made his debut for in February 2011. Hogg is a former captain of the Scotland U-18’s and has also represented the Scotland U-20’s in their 2011 Junior World Championship campaign. To date, Hogg has won ten Scotland caps.
Hogg has the genuine gas and open field running that makes it almost impossible to shut him down. After impressing in the 2013 6 Nations, the young Scotsman was selected to tour Australia with the British and Irish Lions.
Having been selected in the 31-man squad, Hogg played in all five of Scotland's matches at the 2015 Rugby World Cup, in which they were eliminated at the Quarter-Final stage by Australia after a controversial decision by referee Craig Joubert which has since been declared by the WRU to be the wrong decision.
The 2016 Six Nations Championship again saw Hogg in the thick of the action, scoring tries against France and Ireland, the latter an inspired 55-metre individual effort after collecting a high ball. He was also widely praised for his creativity throughout the tournament, setting up tries against the French and Italy. Hogg was subsequently named as the Player of the Tournament.
The Warriors full back received his 50th cap against France in 6 Nations becoming the youngest Scot to ever do so. Since making his international debut he's started every 6 Nations game, November International, Summer International & RWC games which he has been available for.
In January 2017, he was included in Scotland's squad to compete in the 2017 Six Nations tournament.
Hogg was awarded the 2017 Six Nations Player of the Championship for his outstanding performances, taking the award for the 2nd consecutive year.
In April 2017, Hogg was named as one of the 41 man squad for the British & Irish Lions to NZ. Mature beyond his years, the Scottish full-back has already broken through the 50-cap barrier for his country and that experience will serve him well four years on from his first Tour. Hogg has made 5 appearances for the Lions.
Hogg pulled on the Lions jersey in 2013, when he was the youngest player to tour Australia and played five matches.
Hogg made two appearances for the British and Irish Lions on their tour to New Zealand in 2017 before sustaining a facial bone fracture in the match against the Crusaders, he was ruled out for the rest of the tour.
Currently capped 57 times by Scotland, Hogg will look to add more experience as he heads to the 2018 Six Nations tournament.
As of the 2018/2019 Champions Cup, Hogg has had 33 European Cups appearances scoring 4 tries and 38 points.
In November 2018, the Scotland and British Lions full-back signed a two-year deal with Exeter Chiefs.
Ahead of the 2019 Six Nations, Hogg has 65 test caps.
(LS November 13, 2018)
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