Warrior Hogg hopes to ‘kick on’ after return from injury

STUART Hogg made his first appearance of the season for Glasgow Warriors last Friday.

The 20-year-old completed his recovery from ankle surgery by coming off the bench in the Scotstoun side’s victory over Italian outfit Zebre.

And he admitted it was great to be back in action.

He told the Hawick News: “It’s a frustrating time when you’re a professional rugby player and you’re not playing. It’s taken a lot of hard work but it’s great to be back. It feels like it’s been a long process but it’s been six weeks post op and I’m back playing which is great.”

Hogg made his Scotland debut during this year’s Six Nations campaign with his assured performances one of the few bright notes for head coach Andy Robinson.

And he carried on that impressive form in the morale-boosting summer victories over Australia, Fiji and Samoa.

However, it was on that tour of Australasia that the injury was identified where a piece of bone was rubbing into the tendon in his ankle.

Since going under the knife, the flying full-back has been a familiar face at a number of Greens matches. But the Hawick support’s loss will be Glasgow’s gain as he looks to hit the ground running under new Warriors coach Gregor Townsend.

“I’m a terrible spectator to be honest,” he said. “I just want to be out there playing. I suppose if there’s such a thing as a good time to get injured it’s at the start of the season, but I’m hoping now to kick on with the campaign.”

And Hogg is keeping one eye on the Autumn Tests against Tonga, New Zealand and South Africa. He added: “First and foremost I’m concentrating on Glasgow and I’m taking it week by week. It’s always going to be in the back of my mind about playing for Scotland, but my priority at the moment is playing well for Glasgow.”