Stuart Hogg opens up about watching good mate Finn Russell being booted out of Scotland squad

Scotland captain Stuart Hogg says he expected good friend Finn Russell to return to international rugby soon.

The mercurial fly-half had huge falling out with Gregor Townsend prior to the 2020 Six Nations but now seem to have patched things up.

“I was gutted with what happened,” he told Tom English from the BBC.

“Finn and I are very close and it was great to hear that himself and Gregor are in a much better place now. Long may that continue.

“Finn will play for Scotland soon. There might have to be some dark conversations but we’ll get there.

“He’ll realise that things have happened and can’t quite happen like that again. He’s old enough and ugly enough to know that.

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“There’s no doubt whatsoever that he’ll be back. He’s very, very popular and he’s an incredible player and I think he’ll be even better when he comes back because Adam (Hastings) and himself will push each other all the way.”

Stuart Hogg also spoke about giving up social media, losing weight, the honour of leading Scotland and his DIY struggles during the sporting shutdown. READ IN FULL HERE.

12 things you didn’t know about Stuart Hogg

Being one of the most popular players on the globe is likely to generate an incredible fan-base globally, but we are fairly confident that there are some aspects of Stuart Hogg’s life and career you are not familiar with.

1. MAGICAL?!

Scotland fan JK Rowling has mentioned that the fleet-footed Stuart Hogg might be a full wizard. He is also briefly mentioned on Pottermore, in an excerpt written by Rowling for the website, suggesting that he and fellow players Jim Hamilton and Kelly Brown are in fact squibs – wizard-born with no magical powers

2. FAMILY

is father, John, played as a championship winning full-back for Hawick before becoming a rugby referee and his brother, Graham, played for Scotland 7s in the IRB Sevens World Series as well as representing Scotland at three different age grades.

3. DISTANT RELATIONS

In 2012, following his Scotland debut, he discovered he was a distant relative of George Best. A close relative of Best recognised the link after seeing Hogg play on television.

4. INCREDIBLE STATS

In a struggling Scotland side in the 2015 Six Nations Championship, Hogg made the most metres (442); beat the most defenders (18); and made the second most carries (63).

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