Hogg ready to make Murrayfield bow against Les Bleus

Stuart Hogg
Stuart Hogg

TEENAGE Scottish rugby sensation Stuart Hogg admitted to having a few nerves this week ahead of his Murrayfield debut.

But the 19-year-old told the Hawick News he couldn’t wait to make his first start for Scotland against France on Sunday.

He said: “I’m really excited and I can’t wait until Sunday. I’m nervous and anxious about what’s ahead but I’m mostly excited. It’s a massive honour to play for your country and it doesn’t get much better than a packed out Murrayfield.”

As expected, following his impressive performance in Cardiff two weeks ago, Hogg was this week named in Andy Robinson’s starting line-up for their third game of the 6 Nations campaign. However, this time he is set to occupy his favoured full-back role.

“A lot of players put their hands up in the Wales game to be included in Sunday’s side,” said the Glasgow Warriors starlet. “There’s obviously some great players in the back line and to be selected alongside them is unbelievable. And to be picked in my favoured position at full-back is a dream come true.

“I’m delighted to be starting and I’ve been working hard on little things in my game. Hopefully come Sunday we can give the fans plenty to cheer about.”

Sunday’s match is a 67,144 full-house at Murrayfield

Scotland head coach Robinson revealed it was his levels of performance throughout the season – as well as his stand out matches for Scotland ‘A’ and in Cardiff, that led to Hogg’s selection.

He said: “Stuart did well off the bench in Cardiff, stood out in the ‘A’ team victory over England Saxons and has been one of Glasgow’s most consistent performers this season. He fully deserves his first start.”

n Louise Dalgliesh has been picked at scrum half for the Scotland Women’s side to face France at Bridgehaugh tomorrow.