The emotional story behind Stuart Hogg’s celebration yesterday

Stuart Hogg was among the try-scorers as Scotland finished the Autumn Nations Series with a 55-29 victory over an ill-disciplined Argentina at Murrayfield.

The Scotland fullback revealed his signature ‘W’ celebration is a tribute to best friend that passed away in April, 2009. The poignant tribute has become iconic whenever the 28-year-old has scored a try at international or club level.

Stuart Hogg ‘W’ celebration against Argentina

“I was involved in a car crash that unfortunately killed my best mate,” said Hogg.

“We were going to party and one of the lads had literally just passed his driving test. I did rock, paper, scissors with the three boys in the car to decide who sits in the front.

“I’m trying to take him I just want to take him on the journey that I live and every time I score a try I do the W for him. My first tattoo of him was his initials of him on my ribs too.

“I just want to make him and his family proud and I miss him very much.”


“My f***ing choice” – Stuart Hogg fires back at ‘fans’ comments with foul-mouthed post

Stuart Hogg has let everybody know what he thinks following a foul-mouthed response to taunting rugby ‘fans’.

The Scotland fullback, who received a number of messages during their clash with Fiji over the weekend, made his thoughts on the issue clear.

Taking to Instagram, Hogg wrote: “Okay. I get it. I find it incredibly frustrating and annoying that my appearance has somehow taken over my ability to play rugby according to ‘fans’ of the game.

“My hair. My teeth. My f**king choice with what I do. No matter how many times it’s heckled, written, commented on. I will continue to be me. Why? Because I’ve every f**king right to.

“I have a man bun. I have had dental treatment. Five overs. It’s oldness. Find something more interesting to do with your lives.”

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“Exeter exodus” – Chiefs could lose five key players next summer

Exeter director of rugby Rob Baxter certainly has a tough balancing act on his hands to keep his squad intact ahead of the 2023/24 season.

Director for Rugby Rob Baxter had to let the likes of Jonny Hill, Sam Skinner and Tom O’Flaherty leave the club this summer after being unable to match their wage offers elsewhere due to the reduced £5m salary cap all Premiership clubs are operating under this season.

The potential departure of at least one club stalwart and as many as five next summer means it could be the end of an era at Sandy Park.

#1. Jack Nowell

The Rugby Paper report the star winger’s CV is currently doing the rounds in the French Top 14 with the 29-year-old out of contract at Sandy Park at the end of the season.

Responding to the speculation, Nowell has revealed he’d love to stay at Sandy Park, but added he must always put his ‘family first’.

Speaking exclusively to The Telegraph, he said: “I won’t go to another Premiership side,”

“I want to stay at Exeter, but I’m out of contract, there’s stuff going on with the salary cap and I’ve got a growing family. And I’ll be 30 after the World Cup. I’m in talks with the club at the moment; ideally I’d stay but I’m not too sure what’s going on. The first thing for me is my family.

“My only option if I’m in England is to stay. France, Japan… I went out to Japan for the World Cup – it was an amazing country. I’d like to give Japan a go over France but, obviously, anything could happen.

“There will potentially be a time when I go somewhere else but my roots are here and I’d always end up back here. At the same time, I am quite ‘out there’ as a person and I like my family to be like that so, if I’m given the chance to experience something else with them, then I have to take it.

“The flipside is, if I can get stuff sorted here and I’m still in a position where I can look after the family. I love the club dearly and my main option would be to stay, if I can get something sorted.”

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