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Welsh rugby enveloped in its latest existential crisis

As Wayne Pivac teeters on the edge of finding new gainful employment after a series of disappointing results, the wider-lens story tells of dysfunction and frustration

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'My hair. My teeth. My f***ing choice with what I do'

By Ian Cameron
Stuart Hogg of Scotland applauding the Sottish Rugby fans at the final whistle during the Autumn International match between Scotland and Fiji at Murrayfield Stadium on November 05, 2022 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Scotland fullback Stuart Hogg has sent a message to fans and media that are focusing on his physical appearance rather than his rugby.

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The 94-cap Scottish international has sported a ‘man-bun’ in recent weeks and it’s been a focus for some. It’s the most recent develop in his look which has drawn attention from critics coming to a couple of years after the father of three appeared to have a hair transplant.

“Ok. I get it,” he wrote in an Instagram story. “I find it incredibly frustrating & annoying that my appearance has somehow taken over my ability to play rugby according to ‘fans’ of the game.

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“My hair. My teeth. My f***ing choice with what I do. No matter how many times it’s heckled, written, commented on, I will continue to be me. Why? Because I’ve every f***ing right to.

“I have a man bun. I have had dental treatment. Give over. It’s old news. Find something more interesting to do with your lives,” concluded the Exeter Chiefs star.

The former Scotland captain has admitted he has struggled with the abuse directed at him while playing the sport, even to the point that he considered quitting the game.

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“I come across as a confident happy person but deep down, at times, I’ve struggled and I’ve hated it,” told BT Sport. “I’ve actually been very close to thinking why am putting myself through all this stress and strains. My body is feeling absolutely horrendous. I’m getting dogs abuse at the weekend; like why am I doing it?

“There was a time a couple of years ago when I thought, why am I playing rugby? I’m constantly coming home, I’m in a foul mood with my wife and kids, all because some clown has said something about me and I’m like why am I doing this?

“Is it easier if I just walk away from the game and never have that again. Or do I suck it up and go, right, no matter what you do you’re going to get heat.

 

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