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Hogg to peak in 2017 - Paterson

10th July 2013 13:53


Combined XV v Lions Stuart Hogg

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Chris Paterson has given a glowing recommendation for Scotland back Stuart Hogg for future Lions tours, saying he could star in New Zealand.

The Glasgow full-back, who was the youngest player in the travelling party, did not feature in any of the victorious Test series against Australia.

But Paterson is confident the elusive runner can become a mainstay in the Lions set-up on future tours, alongside Richie Gray and Ryan Grant.

"I think the ones who were there played well in the game time they got; and they'll all be available and at the peak of their powers for the next trip in 2017 - so this will have stood them in good stead," Paterson told The Scotsman.

"I'm sure they'll all readily admit that they didn't get everything out of the tour they had hoped for, but they are all young enough to use that as motivation internally.

"There is no point just saying that for the sake of saying it - they have to turn it into a positive action, which means working on the part of their game which perhaps counted against them this time round so that it is seen as a real strength by the time 2017 comes along.

"Hoggy will probably be available for the next two, and Richie might be, too.

"Of course we'd all have loved to have seen more Scots involved, but that's water under the bridge now.

"By the time next season kicks off that will be nothing more than a fading memory because in professional sport you have to focus on what lies ahead. I have no doubt that they'll all have a successful season next year."