Hogg back for much-changed Scot­land

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Sport / Rugby Union - By Richard Bath

Full-back Stu­art Hogg was yes­ter­day named in the Scot­land side to face Fiji to­mor­row, one of nine changes to the start­ing line-up from last week’s de­feat in Cardiff.

Ex­eter’s un­capped 23-year-old sec­ond row Sam Skin­ner is also a sur­prise in­clu­sion, while the three non-scot­land based play­ers who were un­avail­able last week – Cler­mont scrum-half Greig Laid­law, Rac­ing stand-off Finn Rus­sell and Sara­cens wing Sean Mait­land – all start.

In­side cen­tre Peter Horne, hooker Fraser Brown, lock Grant Gilchrist and No 8 Matt Fager­son also start, with Alex Dun­bar mov­ing to out­side cen­tre, Ryan Wil­son mov­ing to blind­side and Jamie Ritchie to open­side. Only wing Tommy Sey­mour and props Al­lan Dell and WP Nel are un­changed from Cardiff.

Hogg un­der­went an op­er­a­tion on an­kle lig­a­ments on Sept 21 and was ex­pected to be out for 10-12 weeks, but is back just seven weeks later.

Although the Glas­gow full-back has not played since sus­tain­ing the in­jury against Mun­ster al­most two months ago, Hogg has been im­pa­tient to re­turn and Scot­land coach Gre­gor Townsend says he has no is­sue with putting him straight back into the start­ing line-up.

“If you’ve got a player where you’ve had ex­pe­ri­ence of some­one who has played well af­ter be­ing out with in­jury be­fore, like Stu­art did twice last year, then you’ll play them,” Townsend said.

“Stu­art missed a fair chunk at the be­gin­ning of the sea­son af­ter the Lions tour, played a game against Le­in­ster in the Cham­pi­ons Cup, where he played very well, and then two weeks later played Test rugby. He then got in­jured in Novem­ber, and played the last Cham­pi­ons Cup game for Glas­gow against Ex­eter, and played re­ally well, and then played against Wales two weeks af­ter that.

“But it’s also about how the player is feel­ing, what the medics are telling you, what you’re see­ing with your own eyes – that all gets added to the mix.”

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