Scotland add Stuart Hogg to Sevens squad for Commonwealth Games
Last Updated: 02/07/14 12:07pm
Scotland have added British and Irish Lion Stuart Hogg to their Sevens squad for this month’s Commonwealth Games.
The Glasgow full-back, 22, replaces Tommy Seymour who has been ruled out of the Games by a neck injury suffered in last weekend’s 55-6 to South Africa.
Hogg is yet to play for Scotland at Sevens, though he has played the game for Hawick.
Scotland Sevens head coach Stevie Gemmell insists the inclusion of 24-cap Hogg - the youngest player called up for last year's successful Lions tour of Australia - means his squad will not be weakened.
He said: "It is disappointing to lose Tommy, however I'm delighted to be able to bring in a player of Stuart Hogg's calibre into our Commonwealth Games squad and would like to thank Team Scotland, Scottish Rugby and Glasgow Warriors in helping make this selection happen.
Gemmell added: "Stuart is somebody who has shown at every level of his XVs career what he is capable of. He is a player who excites fans and he has shown time and time again he can contribute significantly in both attack and defence.
"Though he has not yet played international sevens he comes from a background in the Borders that has been heavily influenced by the abbreviated game. His game understanding along with the skills he has developed as a professional will I am sure prove a strong addition to our existing playing group.
"I'm excited about him joining the squad and contributing to a successful performance at Ibrox."
Scotland will play New Zealand, Canada and Barbados at Ibrox in Pool A on July 26.