HAWICK’S Stuart Hogg has been selected in the British and Irish Lions squad to tour Australia this summer.
The 20-year-old full-back, who was a star performer for Scotland during this year’s Six Nations campaign, was this morning named by coach Warren Gatland in his 38-man party which heads to the Southern Hemisphere next month.
The former Trinity and high school youngster, who joins fellow Scots Richie Gray and Sean Maitland in the Lions party, will face tough competition for the number 15 shirt from Leigh Halfpenny and Rob Kearney, follows in the footsteps of such Teri luminaries as Tony Stanger, Colin Deans, Alan Tomes, Jim Renwick, Derrick Grant, Hugh McLeod, W. B. Welsh and D. S. Davies in receiving a call-up to the Lions squad.
Glasgow Warrior Hogg will be on the plane that flies out on May 27 ahead of the opening game of the ten-match tour against the Barbarians in Hong Kong on June 1. From there the party head to Perth for the first match in Australia against Western Force on June 5. The three-Test series, which will be captained by Welshman Sam Warburton, begins on June 22 in Brisbane.
Hogg made his Scotland debut during last year’s Six Nations, coming off the bench against Wales. His impressive performance saw him start the next match against France, in which he scored his first try.
The former Hawick Wanderers and Hawick protege added to his try haul for Scotland against Italy this year with a tremendous interception and break-away score.