Stuart Hogg announces retirement post Rugby World Cup 2023

Stuart Hogg announces retirement post Rugby World Cup 2023

Scotland centurion Stuart Hogg will retire from rugby after the Rugby World Cup later this year he has announced today on his social media channels.

The 30-year-old Exeter Chiefs full-back recently became the latest Scotland player to reach 100 caps, playing against Ireland earlier this month. He also became Scotland’s record try scorer when he touched down for the 25th time, against Japan in 2021.

Hogg made his Scotland debut in February 2012 against Wales having rose to prominence the week before with a breathtaking try for Scotland A against England Saxons.

After his debut, Hogg made an impressive bow in his first start at BT Murrayfield scoring a try against France.

The man from Hawick has gone on to represent Scotland at two World Cups with a third on the horizon this year, whilst also captaining the side in back to back wins over England in 2021 and 2022.

In his club career, Hogg has experienced success, winning the PRO12 with Glasgow Warriors in 2015 followed by lifting the European Champions Cup and Gallagher Premiership in 2020 with Exeter Chiefs.

His form has been rewarded by the British & Irish Lions with call-ups to three tours, in 2013, 2017 and 2021. On the last tour, in South Africa, Hogg started two Tests.

Following the announcement Stuart Hogg said: “As a young kid growing up in The Borders all I wanted to do was to play rugby for Scotland. I feel privileged to have represented my country on 100 occasions, play on 3 British & Irish Lions tours and represent some amazing clubs. I couldn’t have asked for any more.

“I’ve so many people to thank and I will get round to you all. First and foremost is my wife Gill, my parents, my brother and my kids. I’m so lucky and proud to have such a loving family that have supported me every step of the way.

“Rugby has allowed me to meet some incredible characters, make lifelong friends, travel the world and be part of some unbelievable experiences that I will cherish forever.

“Knowing what lies ahead, I have a real hunger to play the best, most enjoyable rugby of my career, finishing the season strongly with Exeter Chiefs before attacking the opportunity we, as a nation, have in France.

“After the tournament, a new career beckons and I will attack in the same manner as I play the game. I hope I have done you proud.”

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