Nice bit of trolling gunderful - now get back to your homework. isitme - thanks for you patronising comments, but in beating Ireland, Wales at home and Australia away feel we have turned performance into results - we were ranked 4th at one point in the summer. What we learned from the ABs is you have to be ruthless. Despite having relatively little room for manoeuvre, Townsend has managed to name a squad full of surprises, with six uncapped players and several inclusions and omissions that will raise eyebrows. ", All Blacks captain Kieran Read: "We know that Stuart Hogg is a dangerous player, it's just a good thing for us that we have Beauden Barrett. Laidlaw and Barclay have since announced their retirements from international action and Townsend has now decided it is time for Hogg, one of only two genuinely world-class operators in his squad along with Finn Russell, to take over. He’s a family man now, he’s taken on the challenge of going to a new club, where he’s really impressed the Exeter coaches. RTÉ.ie is the website of Raidió Teilifís Éireann, Ireland's National Public Service Media. How to get into rugby union - get into the social team game that brings people together. "For us that is the long target, but we take each game as it comes and now we concentrate on Australia, and when the Six Nations come round we will look at that. "I truly believe we are in a position where we can achieve something special," he said. Every time he touched the ball he made the right decision, whether it was covering the back-field or catching those clever kicks from Beauden Barrett, or carrying and getting outside people, and fending them off. McInally was given the armband ahead of former skippers Greig Laidlaw and John Barclay as the team flew out to Japan. With 71 caps, the two-time Lion is the most experienced player in the 38-man squad named by Gregor Townsend for this year's championship, which starts for Scotland with a trip to Dublin on 1 February. Hogg, the 27-year-old Exeter Chiefs full-back, who has 72 caps, is comfortably the most experienced member of the squad. Backs: Darcy Graham, Chris Harris, Adam Hastings, Stuart Hogg (c), George Horne, Rory Hutchinson, Sam Johnson, Huw Jones, Blair Kinghorn, Sean Maitland, Byron McGuigan, Ali Price, Henry Pyrgos, Finn Russell, Matt Scott, Kyle Steyn, Ratu Tagive. But Hogg says the performance level in Saturday's 22-17 defeat at Murrayfield has only added to his confidence. What a fantastic player.". Stuart Hogg (born 24 June 1992) is a Scottish rugby union player who has more than sixty caps for Scotland, currently serving as its captain, and plays for Exeter Chiefs.He plays fullback and can also play fly-half. Scotland were excellent against the best team in the world. England have strength in depth but I wish we had Stuart Hogg. We urge you to turn off your ad blocker for The Telegraph website so that you can continue to access our quality content in the future. Stuart Hogg captains new-look Scotland squad for Six Nations as Gregor Townsend puts past differences aside Save Stuart Hogg (left) is the new Scotland captain Credit: pa Richard Bath ; … It's just gutting to be sitting here with a defeat. All too often in the past a single player has been hailed as the "messiah" to lead us from the wilderness only for us to find that he can't read the map under pressure. What I like about Hogg he seem like a decent fella aswell. Every time he touched the ball he made the right decision, whether it was covering the back-field or catching those clever kicks from Beauden Barrett, or carrying and getting outside people, and fending them off. What a fantastic player.". Of those names in the squad who did not feature in Japan, a trio are experienced players whose form has brought them back into contention – namely Edinburgh centre Matt Scott, loosehead Rory Sutherland and Worcester Warriors No.8 Cornell du Preez, whose inclusion came as a major surprise after his spectacularly lacklustre display on his last cap in Cardiff. Find out more, The Telegraph values your comments but kindly requests all posts are on topic, constructive and respectful. "The challenge now is to back that performance up and get the right result next week. "It will be a huge challenge for us - but that is why you play rugby, isn't it? This is the right time for him, he wants to do it, and he has the experience and knowledge.”. RTÉ is not responsible for the content of external internet sites. Get latest scores and headlines sent straight to your phone, sign-up to our newsletter and learn where to find us on online. Hogg succeeds Stuart McInally, who led his country in their ill-fated World Cup campaign. "They're a team on the rise and world rugby has got some good teams, which I reckon is really exciting. The resources at loosehead prop are also an area of concern, although Townsend did laud the form of Edinburgh’s Rory Sutherland. Scotland are on the verge of a serious breakthrough, just need to be a little more ruthless and totally believe that it will happen. Townsend’s decision to make Hogg his captain reflects the Scotland coach’s ability to make a virtue out of necessity. Proud of Scotland yesterday. Scotland will do well in the 6N. Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg says the side proved they can compete with the world's best, despite a heartbreaking loss to New Zealand. Fleet Street's first female football reporter, Julie Welch, tells Football Focus' Caroline de Moraes about the ups and downs of making her way in such a male-dominated industry. He's obviously a great attacking player. Townsend, who is under pressure after the World Cup and needs to rejuvenate a team who became worryingly easy to beat last year, acknowledged that he and Hogg had their differences in the past. To use comments you will need to have JavaScript enabled. Hogg is a special player but yesterday I thought the contribution of Barclay and Gray were outstanding and also I love Laidlaw but felt Ali Price just gets us moving that bit quicker certainly positives for the 6N. "Hopefully someone is going to tackle him," Hansen joked when asked what was running through his mind as Hogg was bearing down on the New Zealand try-line at the end. Hogg looked for a moment like he might level the scores in the final play with a try that would have given the Scots a conversion for the win. We just came up short against the best team in the world for however many years and next week we play the Aussies, who are just as good.". Without appearing to state the obvious, the difference is that unlike previous years Scotland have several quality players coming through the ranks at once. Full-back Stuart Hogg says Scotland proved they can compete with the world's best, despite a heartbreaking 22-17 loss to New Zealand. Hogg has an excellent mentality and is a credit to the game. All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen was impressed with Hogg's man-of-the-match display, and was thankful for Barrett's match-saving intervention. © RTÉ 2020. The whole Scottish team is a pleasure to watch. “We want to be more consistent and we need to be tougher to beat, we know that. As Glasgow coach, Townsend sidelined the talented but headstrong full-back, even dropping Hogg for the 2014 Pro12 final against Leinster. “At one time, I was really worried we might not work together as coach and player anymore,” said Townsend, who himself played under a full-back captain in Gavin Hastings. A young AB side, but the quality is still there, and Scotland pushed them all the way and could have won if it wasn't for Barrett's world-class tackle on Hogg. Stuart Hogg has been appointed as the new Scotland captain for the Guinness Six Nations, the Scottish Rugby Union has announced. The hooker’s form suffered so badly as a result of the extra responsibilities that Fraser Brown started their final game against Japan. He’s an energiser, and that’s a real attribute to have as a captain. Stuart Hogg admits that if his Exeter Chiefs side win the Premiership, people will believe they triumphed only because of Saracens' hefty points deduction for breaching the salary cap. That moment epitomised the Test match. “A lot of that was down to Stuart in the way he reacted the following season. Good performance from Scotland and good luck to Doddie Weir in his battle. A fantastic game of rugby for anyone to watch with great respect shown by Read to Doddie at the kick off etc. He is incisive and his positivity adds to the team. But getting the show back on the road will not be easy: not only did Ireland convincingly beat Scotland in Japan, but Scotland’s last win at Lansdowne Road was in 1998. Scots fall short against All Blacks - highlights & report, "We were aware of their attacking threats, particularly out wide in Hogg. Tries from Codie Taylor, Damian McKenzie and Beauden Barrett gave the All Blacks a firm grip on the game, but Scotland refused to buckle and tries from Jonny Gray and Huw Jones kept them within five points going into the final few minutes. The Exeter full-back takes over from Stuart McInally, who led the team out during last year's disappointing World Cup campaign. He came in and was ultra-professional and determined to be the best player he could be. The way i see it, the Scots have as good a chance as anyone in the 6 nations. Scotland were well in the hunt tonight and could easily have won the game. I have enjoyed watching Glasgow as well this season, their match v Exeter was such a great game to watch - what a difference when 2 sides both want to play rugby rather than spoil it. “We just want to be better, whether it will be different [remains to be seen],” said Townsend. That moment epitomised the Test match. There was one point I thought I gave him too much [space] on the outside and I was worried, but I was relieved to see the outcome as it was. Dan Robson making a strong case for England recall after shining in Wasps' post-lockdown boom, Bristol win their first European trophy, defeating Toulon in the Challenge Cup final, How Joe Simmonds became Exeter's unlikely leader, England attack coach Simon Amor confirms he will not be involved with GB Sevens at the Olympics, Bristol on standby to replace Wasps in Premiership final if they are unable to field a squad. Scotland really stood up and were counted and in turn so did we. Excellent display of rugby yesterday. If I can give My Humble Opinion as an English England Fan!, Scotland Lost Yeah!, but having Watched this Match and others of theirs, there seems a Different feel to them & if they beat Australia that will Confirm it i think!. Last updated on 19 November 201719 November 2017.From the section Scottish Rugbycomments85. https://www.ruck.co.uk/emotional-stuart-hogg-explains-his-try-celebration ", "We know that Stuart Hogg is a dangerous player, it's just a good thing for us that we have Beauden Barrett. Meáin Náisiúnta Seirbhíse Poiblí na hÉireann. Stuart Hogg has been appointed as the new Scotland captain for the Guinness Six Nations, the Scottish Rugby Union has announced. ", Former Ireland and Lions lock Paul O'Connell on BBC TV: "Every time he touched the ball he looked like he was going to create something. But the Edinburgh hooker had a disappointing tournament and was left out of the starting line-up as the Dark Blues saw their hopes of reaching the quarter-finals evaporate with defeat to the hosts in their final pool match. In it until the death. Gregor Townsend put past differences to one side when he named Stuart Hogg as Scotland captain for the Six Nations. Exeter Chiefs v Racing 92, Champions Cup final 2020: What time is kick-off, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction? ", New Zealand fly-half Beauden Barrett: "We were aware of their attacking threats, particularly out wide in Hogg. Townsend feared that the two may have to go their separate ways before a contrite Hogg knuckled down and went on to become Six Nations Player of the Year in successive championships. ", on BBC TV: "Every time he touched the ball he looked like he was going to create something. Read about our approach to external linking. "I thought it was going right to the very end.