Scotland’s Stuart Hogg to retire from rugby after World Cup in France


27th March 2023 – (Edinburgh) Scotland’s record try scorer and full-back, Stuart Hogg, has announced his retirement from professional rugby after the upcoming World Cup in France later this year. The 30-year-old, who has earned 100 caps for Scotland, made his international debut in February 2012 and has since become a pivotal figure in Scottish rugby.

Hogg played his 100th international match for Scotland in this year’s Six Nations tournament, where he faced Ireland. He has also been called up three times for British & Irish Lions tours in 2013, 2017, and 2021.

The experienced player has represented Scotland in two World Cups and captained the team to two Calcutta Cup wins over arch-rivals England. Additionally, he helped his club side, Exeter Chiefs, win the European Champions Cup and Premiership in 2020.

In a heartfelt statement posted on Instagram, Hogg expressed his desire to end his career on a high note. He wrote, “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.”

The rugby superstar also cited concerns about his physical limitations, stating that his body may not be able to meet the standards he sets for himself for much longer. He added, “After the tournament, a new career beckons, and I will attack it in the same manner as I play the game. I hope I have done you proud.”

Hogg has scored an impressive 27 tries for Scotland in his 100 appearances and has earned a total of 171 international points. His presence on the field has been a source of inspiration for many rugby enthusiasts around the world.

The World Cup is scheduled to run from 8th September to 28th October, and Hogg will be hoping to end his career on a high note by leading his country to victory. His departure will undoubtedly leave a massive void in Scottish rugby, but his legacy will undoubtedly continue to inspire the next generation of players.