Allister Hogg was named man of the match after his try hat-trick in Scotland’s 42-0 Rugby World Cup 2007 win against Romania. In the lead-up to the competition he scored Scotland’s first try in their 31-21 Bank of Scotland Corporate August Test against Ireland. His first cap international try was registered against the same opponents three years ago and he followed up with tries later the same year against Samoa, Japan and Australia (at Hampden Park). He concluded the 2008 RBS 6 Nations Championship with his tenth try for Scotland, in the last minute defeat to Italy in Rome. He won his first cap in the opening 2004 six nations match against Wales. Previously, he had scored the opening try of Scotland’s 2002 tour of North America during which he played in the three midweek victories and won a place on the subs’ bench for the Test against the USA. In November 2002 he made his debut for Scotland A as No 8 in the Aberdeen success against Romania. He has captained Scotland age-group sides in the past. He led the top-try scoring Scotland under-18 side during the 2001 Four Nations tournament and in season 2001-2002 he led Scotland under-19 to victories over Australian Schools and their Welsh and English counterparts, on the way helping Scotland to fifth place in the IRB/FIRA Junior World Championship. Allister, a product of the Stirling County club, has also played basketball for Scotland at under-16 level. He graduated from Telford College in Edinburgh with an HND in Sports Coaching & Sports Development and is a member of the Scottish Institute of Sport.