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Stuart Hogg looking in incredible shape ahead of rugby comeback

Former Scotland fullback Stuart Hogg has hinted that he could make a return to rugby next season after shocking everyone with his retirement from the sport last summer.

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The 31-year-old was quick to clarify his desires to return to playing didn’t stretch to professional level again. 

Speaking on ‘The Big Jim Show’ podcast as a guest, the 100-cap former Scotland full-back, Hogg, found himself in the hot seat when the host, and former Scotland second-row, Jim Hamilton, posed the question: “Are you completely retired from rugby?

Hogg responded: “Will I play professionally again? Probably not,

“Could I have taken a sabbatical? Maybe I could have. But I didn’t want to be in the position of going: ‘I’m going to take this period off and maybe come back’. I needed clarity that I am completely out of it. All in or all out. I couldn’t face sitting now thinking: ‘I’m going to have to continually train to be in a good shape to then come back, I’m going to have to always work on my skills’.

“So, do I do that? Or do I just pull the plug completely, and I thought … well … there wouldn’t be a club in a situation to give me a sabbatical and still pay me money.

“Could I have gone about it a different way? Potentially. But the decision now is that I am retired and I stand by that … physically and mentally I wasn’t there.

“I think I’ll play [but] I don’t think I’ll play professional. I might have a little run-out for Hawick next season and see how that goes.”

Hawick would be getting a prime condition Hogg if the 31-year-old’s beach pictures tell you anything.

The 20 Most Overrated Rugby Players Of All Time Have Been Named And Ranked By Fans

In the world of rugby debates, the labels ‘overrated’ and ‘underrated’ are about as loaded as they come because the conversation is instantly about more than just their ability on the pitch.

Due to the simple fact that both those tags are related to how much fans sing their praises, it’s sometimes inevitable that great players are called overrated and average ones are underrated.

So, yes, we’re well aware that taking a peek at the ‘most overrated rugby players in history’ is a little like walking into a minefield of controversy, but when has that ever stopped us?

And hey, it’s the fans that we’re looking to here because the voters over at have been making their opinions.

Most overrated rugby players in history:

20. Owen Farrell

Owen Farrell of England takes a penalty kick during the Autumn International Series match between England and New Zealand at Twickenham, London on 19 November 2022 (Photo: Micah Crook/PPAUK)

19. Semi Radradra

18. Bryan Habana

17. Sam Warburton

16. Billy Vunipola

15. Cheslin Kolbe