Player Profile: Hogg looking to enhance glittering Warriors career

Rich Dore
16 May 2019

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There is much at stake in the Guinness PRO14 semi-final at Scotstoun, and the occasion may feel even more momentous for star Glasgow Warriors full-back Stuart Hogg – playing his final game for the Warriors at the much-storied ground.

It would be fitting if the mercurial No.15 produced another moment of magic for the occasion, of which there have been many during his service of almost a decade in Glasgow.

He will of course head to Exeter Chiefs this summer, but there is much to do before then: “It’s been an awesome time, it’s been an awesome nine years. I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity back in 2010 to become a professional rugby player. Everything I’ve achieved individually has been as a Glasgow Warrior.

“The club has grown massively over the last nine years, we’ve got a huge fan base. I think in all that time we’ve only missed out on the play-offs twice so this club will continue to grow and be in a better place in a few years’ time and I’m excited to see how good the boys can be.”

Many a Warriors teammate and supporter will be thankful that the 26-year-old found his way to the club, where his career eventually flowed having grown up in the Scottish Borders.

Born in Melrose, the young Hogg played at Hawick High School, Hawick RFC and Heriot’s, before moving to Warriors ahead of the 2010-11 season.

He made two appearances that year and then, still just a teenager, became the club’s starting full-back in 2011-12, matching incredible elusiveness with preternatural vision.

International recognition was inevitable and after making five appearances for Scotland U20s, Hogg gained his first senior cap against Wales in the 2012 Six Nations.

Possessing of lightning-fast pace and with an ability to always get to the outside man before breaking the line or playing in a teammate, the tries flowed both domestically and internationally.

“Hoggy is probably one of the best I’ve ever played with,” commented current teammate and fellow back Huw Jones. “Everything he does he does to the best of his ability.”

Hogg went on tour to Australia with the British & Irish Lions in 2013 as his influence with the Warriors increased, helping fire the club to their miraculous 2014-15 title-winning campaign four years ago.

The full-back also helped power Glasgow’s run to a first-ever European quarter-final in 2016/17, whilst in the dark blue of Scotland he was named Six Nations Player of the Championship in both 2016 and 2017.

The youngest player ever to reach 100 caps for the Warriors, Hogg reached the milestone against Edinburgh at Scotstoun in May 2017 aged just 24.

He would go on tour with the Lions again in 2017 but cruelly was deprived of a Test cap owing to injury after two provincial games.

For Glasgow, 30 tries have come in 119 appearances while for Scotland he has struck with 19 in 67, a hero on both fronts.

Glasgow head coach Dave Rennie is of course a fan: “He’s a fantastic player, as we know. He’s really passionate about playing for his club.

“He’s been here a lot of years, he’s got a lot of mates here and he’s desperate to go out on a high note.”

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