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Hogg: Scotland are on the rise

Hogg: Scotland are on the rise

British & Irish Lion Stuart Hogg insists his Scottish rugby is on the up as he prepares for the biggest game of the season with club side Glasgow Warriors.

British & Irish Lion Stuart Hogg insists his Scottish rugby is on the up as he prepares for the biggest game of the season with club side Glasgow Warriors.

This year will go down as another step forward for both the Warriors and Edinburgh after their own individual successes.

Edinburgh became the first Scottish side to appear in a European final before falling to Gloucester, while the Warriors will compete in their second consecutive PRO12 final at the Kingspan Stadium this Saturday against Munster.

It has yet to translate on the international stage – Scotland did not win a game during their spring campaign – but Hogg, who at 20 was the youngest Lion named on tour in 2013, is confident progress will be made.

"I think it would be great for Scottish rugby for us to pick up a trophy at the weekend," the full-back told the Daily Record.

"Edinburgh were in a position to win something as well earlier in the season, so in terms of Scottish rugby we are going in the right direction.

"A win for us this week would give us a real boost ahead of the World Cup as well.

"I think the last couple of weeks we haven't put in the complete 80-minute performance with Glasgow, so this week we'll definitely need that.

"For us it's about concentrating on our own game – we've got our structures in place.

"We'll hopefully break Munster down and if we get our jobs right then things should come good for us."

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