Stuart Hogg, the Scotland full-back, tonight apologised for the incident which led to his red card in the first-half of today’s RBS 6 Nations Championship match against Wales in Cardiff.
Hogg became only the third Scot in 143 years of international rugby to be sent off, following in the footsteps of Nathan Hines against USA in 2002 and Scott Murray against Wales in 2006.
Hogg’s challenge on Wales’ stand-off Dan Biggar today as he pursued a kick ahead, initially saw referee Jerome Garces produce a yellow-card but, having seen the replay on the stadium big screens, the referee recalled the player to send him off.
Tonight Hogg issued the following statement.
“I would like to apologise to my team-mates, the Scotland management and all Scotland supporters for what happened today. I have let people down.
“I have said sorry in person to Dan Biggar and I have apologised to the referee, Jerome Garces.
“I always try to play hard and fair and what happened today was out of character for me.
“Once again, I’m very sorry.”