"Goodbye rugby" - Stuart Hogg confirms his new career after quitting aged 31 - Ruck

“Goodbye rugby” – Stuart Hogg confirms his new career after quitting aged 31

A fresh professional journey awaits, and Stuart Hogg, the esteemed Scottish icon, has vowed to approach it with the same relentless spirit that characterized his illustrious rugby career.

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Speaking to The Telegraph this weekend, Hogg said: “Time to go home,

“It has almost been like a monkey has been lifted off my back in the past few weeks because I knew that I was going to be retiring. As soon as I announced it, I was like:

“Right, I can be at ease and go and play. I’ve really enjoyed the last few weeks. I’ve struggled with injury this season: knee surgery, heel, ankle – injuries that kept me out for a while. But the last few weeks I’ve really enjoyed it. We’re in a great position in Europe and there’s genuine excitement and a buzz around this place that’s infectious.

“And I was at ease as soon as I had had the conversations with my parents, my wife, the agency and with Rob [Baxter] and Gregor; as soon as I said that I was retiring, I relaxed straight away.

“Since then, my wife has said that I have been a completely different person. That was scary to me because the last time she said that was during Covid, during lockdown [when there was no rugby].

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“And I don’t want my mood to be affected by my body and I don’t want to be taking it out on the wrong people”.

New career:

Hogg said in a statement: “A new career beckons and I will attack in the same manner as I play the game.”

The Scotland legend has revealed he isn’t too keen on coaching, but will remain in the game as a pundit after making his debut on BBC during the 2023 Six Nations.

PUNDITRY:

Sources tell RUCK that BT Sport (soon to be TNT Sports) are keen. to recruit the fullback as a key part of their 2023/24 Premiership coverage.

RESTAURANT OWNER:

He is the co-owner of steak house Finsbay Flatiron in Glasgow.

The focus for Finsbay Flatiron is steak, specialising in 8oz flat irons (as the name suggests) and steaks from £8 on weekdays and £10 on weekends, as well as sides like mac and cheese and triple cooked chips.

KNITWEAR:

Away from rugby, Hogg has a number of passions. In 2018, he linked up with Scottish business Johnstons of Elgin, maker of cashmere knitwear and fine woollens, to bring out a range of his own jumpers, zips and hoodies. It is where his dad John worked for many years, and the company is based in his hometown Hawick. “I’m passionate about wearing local garments and it’s great to have an opportunity to have my own range.”

HORSE RACING:

He is also a big horseracing fan, having once revealed his sporting hero is AP McCoy, who was champion jockey for a record 20 consecutive times. “My passion for horses has endured, though, and when you think of horse racing you think of AP McCoy,” he once told the BBC. “I just loved AP, he was the only jockey who always wore the same colours, the green and yellow stripes with the white hat. It soon became apparent that was AP McCoy, and he was the big dog.”

DISTILLERY:

He’s a director of a distillery named Maiden Batch.

Caulker’s is a collaborative effort between five Glasgow men, two of whom happen to be British Lions and Scotland rugby internationals, Hogg and Alastair Kellock. The bottle is signed by all five.

Other rugby players now making it big in business after smart investments

With the time in elite sport forever shortening, rugby players would be smart to look to the future and invest in businesses too, like these current and ex-pros

When they’re not smashing each other on the pitch, rugby players with one eye on the future could do worse than taking steps into the world of business.

If they’re lucky, professionals might enjoy careers lasting about 15 years in the sport – and taking up a job as a coach or media pundit after retirement isn’t for everyone.

No sector has been left unturned by players from across all levels of the game in their investments as they seek to set themselves up for life and regain focus after hanging up their boots.

Here’s some of the most prominent rugby players to have made waves in business.

Jack Nowell

The England and Exeter Chiefs winger is the co-owner of The Swordfish Inn back in his hometown of Cornwall.

Sitting on the harbourfront, the pub has been a favourite of local fishermen, artists and visitors alike for as long as anyone cares to remember and is well-known for its rugged charm and atmosphere.

He is also a director of MUSTARD Clothing.

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