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Scotland call up replacement in wake of Hogg bombshell

By Ian Cameron
(Photo by Simon Galloway/PA Images via Getty Images)

Scotland have called up two replacements just hours after it was revealed that Stuart Hogg would take no part in the Rugby World Cup in France later this year.


Hogg had previously revealed plans to end his career after the World Cup in France later this year.

But the 31-year-old has decided to call time “knowing that I have given my body and heart to rugby”.

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Hogg tweeted: “It is difficult where to start, but with great sadness and an enormous amount of pride I am announcing my immediate retirement from playing rugby.

“I fought with everything I had to make the Rugby World Cup, but this time my body has not been able to do the things I wanted and needed it to do.

“We knew this day would come eventually. I just never thought it would be this soon.

“It’s hard to put into words just how much of an impact the game has had on my life. I will be retiring knowing that I have given my body and heart to rugby.

“I will be forever grateful to this amazing community and cannot wait to begin my journey as a proud supporter of Scottish Rugby”.


A Scottish Rugby statement reads: “The Scotland team will continue their preparations for the Rugby World Cup tomorrow in St Andrews for a three-day training camp with Bath Rugby duo Ruaridh McConnochie and Josh Bayliss joining the group.

“Bayliss replaces Andy Christie who is unable to train currently following an arm injury and will remain at his club to undergo rehabilitation. McConnochie steps in for the retired Stuart Hogg.

“Adam Hastings continues his recovery from his leg injury sustained in the World XV v Barbarians match at the end of the season and will remain in the squad, meeting up with the team in St Andrews.”

additional reporting PA


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