This should not be the end of the road for Hogg

08/03/14, TSPL, Scotsman, RBS, Six Nations Rugby International, Scotland v France, Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. Scotland coach Scott Johnson watches from the stand.' Pic Ian Rutherford
08/03/14, TSPL, Scotsman, RBS, Six Nations Rugby International, Scotland v France, Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh. Scotland coach Scott Johnson watches from the stand.' Pic Ian Rutherford

Only one place to begin this week with Stuart Hogg becoming only the third international to be shown a red card in the 134-year history of Scottish rugby, following Nathan Hines and Scott Murray.

One can only imagine how tough it has been for the Hawick youngster. Everyone has had their say about the incident, and Stuart was the first to put his hand up and apologise.

He’s made no excuses and he knows that this incident will haunt him for the rest of his career. Interviewers will be asking him questions about it for the rest of his life.

Any punishment handed out by the powers-that-be will be nothing compared with the stigma attached to what happened. That is incredibly harsh for a moment of recklessness and for someone still in the early stages of his career to deal with, but I have no doubt Stuart will cope with this and move on.

He will feel the world is against him, but life goes on and with the support of his friends, family and colleagues I confidently predict he will bounce back and I look forward to seeing him back on the pitch as soon as possible, doing what he does best.

Remember when David Beckham was red-carded – dartboards were published in newspapers! He came back from that incident to become one of Britain’s best-loved sportsmen and ambassadors.

Worryingly on Saturday, Scotland had no answer to the Welsh free-flowing backs who were ruthless, tearing the Scottish defence apart.

There didn’t appear to be a plan B in place, which was disappointing.

Tackling was poor as Wales grew in confidence, and it was a long final hour for all Scots both on and off the pitch.

The only positives from the humiliation was that we conceded less penalties than Wales did, and for 20 minutes in the second half we stemmed the tide and threatened in attack.

But this was our worst score against Wales and our third biggest defeat in terms of points difference.

Scott Johnson’s reign is over as head coach as he becomes director of rugby.

Scottish Rugby will welcome Vern Cotter soon and we all wait to see what happens under him.

One thing is for sure, there’s not many who envy him taking the head coach job. Scotland has been starved of real success for many years, but it’s fair to say when you’ve reached the bottom the only way is up, and we wait with interest to see what he does to turn Scottish rugby around.