|Full name||Stuart William Hogg|
|Date of birth||24 June 1992|
|Place of birth||Melrose, Scotland|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||93 kg (14 st 9 lb; 205 lb)|
|School||Hawick High School|
|Rugby union career|
Stuart Hogg (born 24 June 1992) is a Scottish rugby union player who plays for Glasgow Warriors and Scotland. He plays full-back, but can also cover Fly-half and Centre. Hogg has also toured with the British and Irish Lions.
He was a pupil at Trinity Primary School and Hawick High School. He played at Hawick Wanderers, Hawick and Heriot's. He has represented Scotland at under-17, under-18, and under-20 level before he went on to gain full international honours.
Hogg made two Warriors appearances in season 2010–11 and began the 2011–12 RaboDirect PRO12 campaign as the club's starting full-back. He was named in the Pro12 Dream team at the end of the 2012/13 season. It was announced in November 2014 that Stuart Hogg had signed a two-year contract extension with the Glasgow Warriors, keeping him at the club until at least May 2017.
He gained his first cap for the Scotland national rugby union team after earning a call up to Andy Robinson's 36-man squad for the 2012 Six Nations following a series of impressive performances for Glasgow. Hogg impressed on his debut against Wales in Cardiff, coming on as a substitute following injury to Max Evans. However, he was denied a try on his debut by the referee wrongly calling for a knock-on in the build up to his crossing the line. Hogg was subsequently named in the starting line-up for the first time for the match versus France. He scored his first try for Scotland in the 8th minute against France.
In the RBS Six Nations 2013 he scored his second and third international tries against England in Round one and in Round two he scored a fantastic try against the Italians an intercept try from his 5-metre line and ran 95 metres to score his third international try
He is also briefly mentioned on Pottermore, in an excerpt written by J.K. Rowling for the website, suggesting that he and fellow players Jim Hamilton and Kelly Brown are in fact squibs – wizard-born with no magical powers – masquerading as muggles. In a tweet, J.K. Rowling later insinuated that Hogg was, in fact, a full-fledged Wizard.
On 8 March, he scored his 4th International try against France at Murrayfield. On 15 March, he was sent off in a Six Nations game against Wales for a late and dangerous hit on Dan Biggar, although originally shown a yellow card by referee Jérôme Garcès the referee then looked at the replays on one of the big screens in the stadium and upgraded his decision to a red card.
On 8 June 2014, during Scotland's Summer tour he made his first appearance against the USA after his red card against Wales and he marked that game with his 5th International try. On 14 June 2014, he slotted a crucial 43-metre kick to secure a win against Canada at BMO Stadium the final score was 17–19 to Scotland during the Scotland Summer tour. On 20 June 2014, he scored his sixth try for Scotland against Argentina during the Scotland summer tour. Scotland won the game 21–18.
He played a role in Scotland 7's team in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow at Ibrox Stadium he scored one try in the competition. During Scotland's Autumn Internationals in 2014 he scored two tries, one against Argentina at Murrayfield and one against Tonga at Rugby Park, Kilmarnock
In a struggling Scotland side in the 2015 Six Nations Championship, Hogg made the most metres (442); beat the most defenders (18); and made the second most carries (63). Defensively, he also made a significant contribution as a cover tackler, particularly against England where he made four last ditch tackles in the opening quarter of the game.
Having been selected in the 31-man squad, Hogg played in all five of Scotland's matches at the 2015 Rugby World Cup, in which they were eliminated at the Quarter-Final stage by Australia after a controversial decision by referee Craig Joubert which has since been declared by the WRU to be the wrong decision.
The 2016 Six Nations Championship again saw Hogg in the thick of the action, scoring tries against France and Ireland, the latter an inspired 55-metre individual effort after collecting a high ball. He was also widely praised for his creativity throughout the tournament, setting up tries against the French and Italy. Hogg was subsequently named as the Player of the Tournament.
Hogg had a great 2017 Six Nations Championship scoring two tries against Ireland, he then continued this good form by scoring against France. In the last game of the 2017 Six Nations Championship against Italy he added 3 points with the boot in the 29-0 victory. He was again named player of the tournament.
On 19 April Hogg was named as one of two Scottish players selected for the British and Irish Lions 2017 squad to tour New Zealand in June and July.
Hogg married in August 2016, and became a father later that year. His brother, Graham, has played for Scotland in the IRB Sevens World Series as well as representing his country at under-18, under-19 and under-20. Their father, John, played for Hawick before becoming a referee. In 2012, following his Scotland debut, he discovered he was a distant relative of George Best. A close relative of Best recognised the link after seeing Hogg play on television.
- "Glasgow Warriors profile". Glasgowwarriors.com. Retrieved 2013-04-30.
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- Rees, Paul (30 April 2013). "Jonny Wilkinson turned down Lions chance, says Warren Gatland". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2013-04-30.
- Rowling, J.K. "Pottermore". Sony. Retrieved 20 June 2015.
- "Six Nations: Scotland's Stuart Hogg voted player of the championship again". BBC News. 23 March 2017. Retrieved 23 March 2017.
- "British and Irish Lions 2017: Sam Warburton captain, Dylan Hartley out". BBC Sport. 19 April 2017.
- "Hawick rugby star ties the knot". ITV News. 16 August 2016. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
- Smith, Aidan (4 February 2017). "Interview: Stuart Hogg on rugby, tragedy and growing up". The Scotsman. Retrieved 23 March 2017.
- "Six Nations: Stuart Hogg excited by George Best link". BBC Sport. 23 February 2012. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
- "Stuart Hogg showing signs of magic in Best family tradition". The Independent. London. 7 February 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2013.