Hogg basks in honour of Scotland captaincy for Six Nations
Stuart Hogg wants new-look Scotland to ‘express themselves’ under his captaincy as they revealed a remodelled squad for the 2020 Six Nations.
The full-back has come a long way since touring Australia in 2013 as the youngest member of Warren Gatland’s Lions party, aged just 20.
And the latest chapter in the 27-year-old’s glittering career comes in taking over the mantle from Grieg Laidlaw and leading his country into the 2020 Championship.
“I feel very honoured to lead this team,” said Hogg.
“We’ve got a fantastic group of young players coming through and there’s a lot of experience in there as well.
“I’m really looking forward to it and taking on the challenges that are coming our way.
“We want the fans to look at us and be happy with what they’re seeing and see a bit of them in the way we’re playing.
“That comes down to regular meetings, high standards and the enjoyment in the opportunity.
“That’s when we’re at our best, when we’ve smile on our faces and we’re expressing ourselves.”
Hogg, a two-time Lions Tourist, has skippered Scotland once before in a 30-29 defeat to USA in Houston back in summer 2018.
There were a few fresh faces wearing blue that day and there will be once again in the Six Nations, with Gregor Townsend calling on six uncapped players.
Recalls have been proffered to Huw Jones, Rory Hutchinson, Rory Sutherland and Matt Scott with Tom Gordon, Kyle Steyn and Ratu Tagive among potential debutants.
Townsend believes Hogg is exactly the figurehead an evolving Scotland side need heading into Six Nations.
“I’ve met Stuart a couple of times to go through how he would captain the side and how he would handle certain situations and I was impressed with his answers and thought process,” said Townsend, a key part of the 1997 Lions Tour himself.
“He’s a mature player in terms of how he contributes in meetings. He’s been very consistent, a very experienced player for us.
“I think the experiences he’s had recently with going to a new club and adapting to a new coaches, a new way of playing and the demands in terms of playing time, he’s done really well.
“He’s going to be supported by some experienced players around him.”
Simon Berghan (Edinburgh) – 24 caps
Jamie Bhatti (Edinburgh) – 15 caps
Magnus Bradbury (Edinburgh) – 11 caps
Fraser Brown (Glasgow Warriors) – 46 caps
Alex Craig (Gloucester) – uncapped
Luke Crosbie (Edinburgh) – uncapped
Scott Cummings (Glasgow Warriors) – 8 caps
Allan Dell (London Irish) – 28 caps
Cornell du Preez (Worcester Warriors) – 6 caps
Zander Fagerson (Glasgow Warriors) – 25 caps
Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh) – 40 caps
Tom Gordon (Glasgow Warriors) – uncapped
Jonny Gray (Glasgow Warriors) – 55 caps
Nick Haining (Edinburgh) – uncapped
Stuart McInally (Edinburgh) – 33 caps
Willem Nel (Edinburgh) – 35 caps
Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh) – 14 caps
Rory Sutherland (Edinburgh) – 3 caps
Ben Toolis (Edinburgh) – 22 caps
George Turner (Glasgow Warriors) – 9 caps
Hamish Watson (Edinburgh) – 28 caps
Darcy Graham (Edinburgh) – 11 caps
Chris Harris (Gloucester) – 14 caps
Adam Hastings (Glasgow Warriors) – 16 caps
Stuart Hogg (Exeter Chiefs) CAPTAIN – 72 caps
George Horne (Glasgow Warriors) – 10 caps
Rory Hutchinson (Northampton Saints) – 3 caps
Sam Johnson (Glasgow Warriors) – 9 caps
Huw Jones (Glasgow Warriors) – 23 caps
Blair Kinghorn (Edinburgh) – 17 caps
Sean Maitland (Saracens) – 44 caps
Byron McGuigan (Sale Sharks) – 9 caps
Ali Price (Glasgow Warriors) – 28 caps
Henry Pyrgos (Edinburgh) – 28 caps
Finn Russell (Racing 92) – 49 caps
Matt Scott (Edinburgh) – 39 caps
Kyle Steyn (Glasgow Warriors) – uncapped
Ratu Tagive (Glasgow Warriors) – uncapped