Stuart Hogg has been told he faces a battle to regain a place in the Glasgow Warriors starting line-up once he returns from injury.
New head coach Dave Rennie was quick to remind the 25-year-old full-back that he’ll have to earn his jersey at Scotstoun.
Hogg is on the mend after suffering a facial fracture in a collision with Munster’s Conor Murray while on British & Irish Lions duty in July but doesn’t expect to waltz straight back into the picture at Glasgow.
“He just said that reputations go out the window and it’s all about hard work, and for me, that’s right,” Hogg told BBC Scotland.
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“We’ve got reputations that are all in the past – we’re in control of what happens in the future.”
Hogg, who embarked on his second Lions tour earlier this summer, is aware that competition for places will be as fierce as ever.
This summer has seen 11 new players join Warriors, along with former Scotland assistant coaches Jason O’Halloran and Jonathon Humphreys.
“Everyone has a hard work ethic at Scotstoun and that’s what drives us on to become better every year”, he said.
“All the international boys have only been in two or three weeks. Boys have done the full block of pre-season – they’re in unbelievable condition.
“It’s not just a case of slotting back into the team. We’re going to have to earn it.
Glasgow Warriors will hold an open training session in Stirling on Friday ahead of Saturday’s game.
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“But that’s very much what happens at Glasgow Warriors.”
The arrival of Rennie has further invigorated a Warriors squad eager to impress their new coach.
The New Zealander’s pedigree has already impressed Hogg, with Rennie having led the Chiefs to consecutive Super Rugby titles in 2012 and 2013.
“For us to get a guy of Dave Rennie’s calibre and Jason and Humphs – cracking coaches – it does feel like a new club coming in over the last few weeks”, the full-back said.
“For us, it’s exciting times.
“We had a couple of chats over her. He came over to see how everything was working and he was hugely key to me staying at Glasgow again.”