Dream call for Hogg as he gets Scots spot

Stuart Hogg
Stuart Hogg

STUART Hogg admitted he’s in dream land this week after being selected in the Scotland squad to play Wales on Sunday.

And the 19-year-old former Greens star is hoping his childhood ambition will be realised with his first cap for his country.

He told the Hawick News: “I’m kind of lost for words. I’m totally over the moon. I found out on Tuesday morning. We were sitting having a meeting in the national changing room. He (Andy Robinson) flipped the piece of paper over on the big chart and my name was on the bench. I had to look at it two or three times to make sure it was really my name.

“You dream of playing for Scotland when you’re a kid and come Sunday that dream could come true so fingers crossed I can get some game time and get my first cap.”

The ex-Hawick Wanderers and PSA prodigy, who has had a phenomenal rise to fame after a tremendous debut season with Glasgow Warriors, booked his place in Robinson’s 22 with a typically impressive performance for the Scotland ‘A’ side as they hammered the England Saxons last Friday night at Netherdale.

But the teenager, who bagged the opening try with a great solo run – and had been tipped by many pundits to make the breakthrough – didn’t expect to be promoted as soon.

He said: “Obviously I had a decent performance on Friday that I was pleased with and I was hoping to push for a place in the 22 but I didn’t expect it to come as quickly.

“I’m really chuffed and really excited.”

And he revealed he can’t wait to sample the red hot atmosphere of the 74,500 capacity Millennium Stadium.

He added: “I’ve watched rugby being played there for many years and it’s probably the best atmosphere in the 6 Nations and one of the biggest stadiums in Europe so it’s just going to be amazing – packed out, loud, I just can’t wait.”

Despite Saturday’s poor result in the Calcutta Cup defeat to England, Hogg, who can play at full back or centre, is travelling down to the valleys with no fear.

The teenager, who was named Scotland player of the year at Under-17 level and captained the Under-18 side against Wales, said: “We’re really disappointed not to have won last week against England but we’ve worked a lot this week on taking our chances.

“And we’ve been watching how the Welsh played. We’ll be trying to shut down where they’re strong and exploit the areas where they’re weak.

“Hopefully come Sunday we’re going to be all fired up and ready to rock and roll.”

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