Stuart Hogg: Shock as Scotland legend to retire from professional rugby after World Cup

Adam Kyriacou
Six Nations Scotland Stuart Hogg applauds supporters after a game

Scotland legend Stuart Hogg has shocked the sport by announcing that he will retire from professional rugby after this year’s Rugby World Cup.

Confirming the news on his social media channels, the 30-year-old recently won his 100th international cap in the Six Nations home game against Ireland.

The Exeter Chiefs player and former Glasgow Warrior also became Scotland‘s record try-scorer when he crossed for the 25th time, against Japan in 2021.

Test debut in 2012

Hogg made his Test debut in February 2012 against Wales, having shot to fame the week before with a superb score for Scotland A against England Saxons.

After his international bow, he made an impressive debut in his first start at Murrayfield, scoring a try against France, with his quality clear for fans to see.

Hogg has gone on to represent Scotland at two Rugby World Cups with a third tournament on the horizon in France this year. The busy full-back has also captained his nation in back-to-back wins over England in 2021 and 2022 and will be determined to finish his Test career on a high note later in 2023.

In the club game, Hogg has enjoyed success with Glasgow, winning the PRO12 in 2015, followed by Champions Cup and Premiership glory in 2020 with Exeter.

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

“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 three British & Irish Lions tours and represent some amazing clubs. I couldn’t have asked for any more,” Hogg said following the announcement.

“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.

He’s made lifelong friends

“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.”

Scotland are drawn in Pool B of this year’s Rugby World Cup alongside reigning champions South Africa and the current world number one nation, Ireland.

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