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Emotional Stuart Hogg explains his try celebration

Scotland captain Stuart Hogg, who was appearing on The Good, The Bad & The Rugby podcast, has explained the celebration he always does when scored a try.

He revealed his signature ‘W’ celebration is a tribute to best friend that passed away in April, 2009.

The poignant tribute has become iconic whenever the 28-year-old has scored a try at international or club level.

Watch him speak about the incident in the video below.

“I was involved in a car crash that unfortunately killed my best mate,” said Hogg.

“We were going to party and one of the lads had literally just passed his driving test. I did rock, paper, scissors with the three boys in the car to decide who sits in the front.

“We got caught up in a bad crash and my best mate Richard (Richard Wilkinson), who was sitting in the front, got killed at the scene.

Richard Wilkinson died when the car failed to take a bend

“I’m trying to take him I just want to take him on the journey that I live and every time I score a try I do the W for him. My first tattoo was his initials on my ribs too.

“I just want to make him and his family proud and I miss him very much.”

Wilkinson, grandson of former Scotland international Doug Jackson, was regarded by his club, Hawick Wanderers, as “a great prospect”.

As a result of the crash, two teenagers whose 90mph race on a country road ended in the death of the young rugby player were locked up for a total of nine years in July 2010.


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