Hogg to captain Scots in Six Nations campaign

Former Hawick ace Stuart Hogg has been handed the captaincy for Scotland’s 2020 Guinness Six Nations rugby quest, which begins in Dublin on February 1.

Wednesday, 15th January 2020, 10:57 am
Stuart Hogg (library image by Craig Watson)

The two-time championship player of the tournament and a British & Irish Lion is the most experienced player in the 38-man squad announced earlier today (Wednesday) by head coach Gregor Townsend – with two other Borders-connected players also in the line-up.

Exeter Chiefs full-back Hogg takes over as skipper from Edinburgh’s Stuart McInally, who led the national side during last year’s ill-fated Rugby World Cup campaign.

Hogg (27) was captain on one previous occasion – a defeat by the USA in June 2018 – but he has been vice-captain several times since then.

Hogg, who joined the Devon side last summer after nine years with Glasgow Warriors, has 72 Scotland caps and has been on the last two British and Irish Lions tours.

Ex-Melrose prop Jamie Bhatti and another former Hawick player, Darcy Graham, are the only two other Borders-linked players in the squad, with Jedburgh ace Greig Laidlaw having announced his retirement from international rugby shortly before Christmas.

Scotland’s Guinness Six Nations campaign begins with a visit to Ireland on February 1, followed England at BT Murrayfield on February 8, then Italy in Rome on February 22.

After that, they are at home to France on March 8 and conclude against Wales in Cardiff on March 14.