HAWICK teenager Stuart Hogg is about to be unleashed on the cream of European rugby.
The 19-year-old is set to feature for Glasgow Warriors on Sunday as they open their Heineken Cup campaign at Firhill against English Premiership outfit Bath.
And Hogg can’t wait to test himself against the likes of England’s World Cup star Matt Banahan and Kiwi hero Stephen Donald.
He told the Hawick News: “I’m hoping to be involved in the team this week and play in my first Heineken Cup game.
“Obviously if I’m picked I’ll be thrilled and raring to go.
“Bath have some great players but so do we so it’s going to be a tasty game.”
In what is a tough group, Glasgow have also been drawn against Leinster and Montpellier.
It has been a great opening to the campaign for the former Greens player, who suffered a torrid time two seasons ago with injury.
Hogg has started every game of the season until last Saturday when Peter Murchie, newly returned from injury, was given the nod at full-back for the match against Aironi.
Like several up-and-coming prospects, he has benefited from players being off at the World Cup, and he has grasped his opportunity with both hands.
He said: “At the start of the season I was thinking to myself that, with the World Cup being on, I could possibly get a little bit of game time early in the season. I started the first league game and have started every game since, which is pleasing.
“We have done well so far in the league and are showing some good form with four wins from the last four games we’ve played.
“With the Heineken Cup coming and the internationals back in the fold, we are standing in good stead for the first pool match.”