Scotland's Stuart Hogg would be happy to stay at full-back for Italy clash

Last Updated: 04/02/13 6:13pm

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Stuart Hogg: Happy to continue in the full-back role for Scotland

Stuart Hogg: Happy to continue in the full-back role for Scotland

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Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg has revealed he would be happy to remain in the No 15 shirt amid calls to push him into the midfield for this week's clash with Italy.

Hogg was the Scots' outstanding performer at Twickenham as they kicked off their RBS Six Nations campaign with a disappointing 38-18 defeat to England.

The 20-year-old set up Sean Maitland's opening try before adding a late touchdown of his own to cap eye-catching display.

His form has prompted some to suggest Hogg should be switched into the centres to have more chance to influence the game, but the Glasgow man admits he is enjoying the chance to operate at full-back.

"I enjoyed playing my part down there against England but it is a team game after all. I'm just honoured to be a part of that team," he stated. "Hopefully I'll be in the team again for the Italy game when it gets named tomorrow.

"Wherever I'm played, I'm just happy to get a jersey. I enjoy being at 15. I get plenty of space there that I can utilise for my kicking game, or I can use my passing game and, as you saw at the weekend, my running game.

"So I'm happy to play wherever but I enjoy 15 mostly. I'll speak to the coaches and see what they want from me. It's down to them after all."

Chastening experience

Hogg admits the 20-point defeat at Twickenham was a chastening experience but believes there are positives for he and his team-mates to build on.

However, he is only too aware what a difficult challenge Italy will provide at the weekend, especially after their momentous victory over France on Sunday.

"We are all disappointed with the loss against England," Hogg said. "But we

have to move on. We have Italy coming up on Saturday, so we have drawn a line under the game at Twickenham and are focused on the game ahead.

"Now it's about turning negatives into positives this weekend and working hard throughout the week to get a vital win against Italy. But we are still high on confidence because we did perform really well on Saturday.

"We can now take that confidence forward. Italy will come on a high as well, and we will need to match them. It should be a tasty encounter.

"It doesn't surprise me at all (Italy's win over France). Italy is a tough place to go. We were trounced there last season, unfortunately. They are a good side now who deserve their place in the 6 Nations."

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