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.
“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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