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Stuart Hogg releases statement after being stripped of Scotland captaincy

Scotland confirmed that Stuart Hogg will not be captain for this year’s Autumn Nations Series with star fly-half Fin Russell left out all together.

Edinburgh back-row Jamie Ritchie was named as Hogg’s successor on Wednesday as coach Gregor Townsend announced his squad for the Autumn Tests.

Hogg returned to the group after being rested for the tour to Argentina.

“Congratulations to Jamie Ritchie on the captaincy, he’s been a stand-out player for us and will have my full support,” said Hogg

“I’m naturally disappointed about not being Captain for the Series – it’s been a huge honour leading my country and an integral part of my life.

“Some of my favourite wins in a Scotland shirt have come during this time. It won’t impact how I approach the game, I’ll always try my best to lead from my actions.”

The 5 most shocking exclusions from Autumn Nations Series squads explained

Henry Slade is the most recent big-name casualty to miss out on making a major squad after Eddie Jones left him out of his 35-man squad for the England’s Autumn Nations Series.

From leaving out legends to in-form stars not getting a look in,  RUCK looks at five other shocking exclusions from squads ahead of next months international fixtures.

#1. Henry Slade (England)

Henry Slade of England kicks the conversion during the Autumn Nations Match between England and Tonga at Twickenham Stoop on 6 November 2021. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

The Exeter Chiefs centre has been told he must rediscover his form at Exeter after emerging as a surprise omission from England’s squad for the autumn.

Slade has been left out of the 36-man group that will face Argentina, Japan, New Zealand and South Africa at Twickenham next month, with Will Joseph, Guy Porter, Manu Tuilagi and Owen Farrell the recognised centres present.

“There are a number of disappointed players who have been left out,” Jones said. “Their job is to make sure they go back to their clubs and play so that they have to be selected. They all know what they have to do.

“This is a very strong, vibrant squad and a number of good players have been left out. We are pleased with the depth and strength of the squad.”