Stuart William Hogg was born on 6 June 1992 in Melrose and is Scotland’s fullback. The 23-year old currently plays for the Glasgow Warriors but it is in the navy blue national jersey, that he will be expected to perform south of the border at the Rugby World Cup. Hogg was introduced as a substitute for Max Evans in the 2012 6 Nations match against Wales in Cardiff and now boasts 32 caps for the Highlanders.
He began playing rugby at a young age in Hawick and first came to prominence when he was named player of the year with the Scotland Under-17s. The reason why he opted to play rugby, is quite natural – he hails from a talented rugby family. Father John and brother Graham both played the game, the latter having represented Scotland at three different age grades.
Hogg has represented his country at Under-17, 18 and 20 levels. His first professional contract came when he signed with the Warriors at the end of 2011. The young fullback already has notable achievements under his belt having been named Glasgow Warriors Young Player of the Season in the 2011/2012 and he was also voted Young Player of the Year in the Pro12 in the same season. Hogg also helped his club won its first-ever Pro12 title.
His versatility might be his greatest asset. Hogg is usually at fullback but is also capable of turning out at fly-half or centre. If the Scots are to do well at the World Cup, Hogg will no doubt be called on to be at his best. Scotland was bitterly disappointed to have missed out on the knockout stage of the World Cup for the first time in 2011 and considering they are grouped in Pool B with South Africa, Samoa, Japan and the United States of America, they will have high hopes of once again reaching the quarter-finals where a potential meeting against the old enemy England awaits.
Hogg and co kick off their campaign against the Japanese in Gloucester on September 23.
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