Stuart Hogg

Stuart Hogg is a talented back who is among the brightest prospects in the British game. His electric PRO12 and European Cup displays in season 2011/12 saw him quickly progress from a Scottish Rugby Elite Development deal to a long-term professional contract.

In May 2012, he was voted Young Player of the Year for the whole of the PRO12, shortly after being named Warriors Young Player of the Season and Players' Young Player of the Season.

If anything, his form got even better as the season drew to a close, with a stunning hat-trick away to reigning PRO12 champions Munster and another score in the sem-final against Leinster.

Comfortable at full-back, centre and stand-off, Stuart has represented Scotland at under-17, under-18 and under-20 level having played for Borders under-16s and under-17s. Before signing his first professional contract, with Glasgow Warriors, he played for Hawick Wanderers, Hawick and Heriot's.

He won his first Scotland cap against Wales in 2012 as a substitue. In his first start for Scotland two weeks later against France he marked it with his first try for his country. 

Hogg was one of only five players who started in every game of the 2015 RBS 6 Nations Championship and was selected for the 12-man shortlist for player of the tournament, along with fellow Scot and Glasgow Warriors club-mate, Jonny Gray.

Throughout the Championship he made the most metres (442), 99 more than his closest rival, France’s Scott Spedding, and also beat the most defenders (20), four more than second-place, England wing Jack Nowells.

His tally of 63 carries was second only to England’s Billy Vunipola, and his seven clean breaks were joint third highest in the tournament. Hogg also managed to record eight offloads, one less than tournament leader George Ford. The fullk-back also scored his ninth try in a Scotland jersey, as he crossed the line in the 23-26 defeat to Wales at BT Murrayfield.

It was this scintillating form that made him a certainty for the 2015 Rugby World Cup squad, starting against Italy in the 48-7 winning warm-up match at BT Murrayfield before being the only player to start each of the national team's World Cup games, launching a long-range penalty through the sticks in the 39-16 win over USA.

Hogg is a regular for Scotland and featured in the British and Irish Lions tour of Australia in 2013, signing a new two-year contract in 2014, keeping him at the club until at least May 2017.

Stats

Caps
82
Tries
20
Starts
74
Conversions
5
Replacements
8
Penalty goals
10
Points
138
Drop goals
0
Position: 
Full-back
D.O.B.: 24/06/92
Place of birth:
Melrose
Height: 5ft 11in
Weight: 93kg
Twitter: @StuartWHOGG_15