FORMER Hawick star Stuart Hogg says it would be a dream come true to play for Scotland, and has atrributed his success with Glasgow to those from his home town who have influenced his meteoric rise.
The young full-back is currently flying high with the pro outfit after they chalked up another victory against Montpellier last weekend, when his performance saw him winning his first man-of-the-match award. And with Hogg now tipped for at least the initial RBS Six Nations Championship squad, he has paid tribute to his family and several Hawick rugby figures for playing key roles in shaping his career.
The 19-year-old Teri told the Hawick News: “There has been a lot of influences in Hawick who have helped me through. Rocky Johnstone has been a massive help since I was young. Derek Armstrong helped me gain some experience playing Prem 1 for Hawick last season, and Jim Renwick is fantastic as a mentor. The help he has given me over the last year has been amazing.”
He added: “And my family have been there for me which is great and I’m very grateful for that.”
Coach Sean Lineen was full of praise for Hogg after their 20-15 victory over the French side. “He’s got all the skills, is confident and backs it up with making good decisions and having a go,” he said.
“He can kick and pass and so has the basics. There is a lot of chat about the young players coming through, and Hoggy’s one of those. He’s been playing brilliantly all season.”
Hogg commented: “It was a great game to be involved in and even better to come out with a win. In the first half we weren’t clinical enough in certain aspects but it seemed like we flicked a switch in the second and things started coming for us. The mood in the camp is fantastic and we just want everything to keep going the way it is going and be where we belong, at the top of the table.”
And talking of reports that he has impressed Scotland coach Andy Robinson, Hogg stated: “Obviously it would be a dream come true to play for Scotland, but right now I’m concentrating on Glasgow and staying in the squad. There’s some massive games for us coming up and I’m working very hard to make sure my name is on the team sheet.”