Six Nations: Glasgow coach Gregor Townsend wary of Scotland changing Stuart Hogg's role

Last Updated: 06/02/14 7:48am

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Stuart Hogg: Set to remain at full-back against England

Stuart Hogg: Set to remain at full-back against England

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Glasgow head coach Gregor Townsend has warned Scotland against moving star full-back Stuart Hogg further up the pitch when England visit Murrayfield on Saturday.

The British & Irish Lions star, 21, was the Scots' stand-out performer in last week's opening 28-6 defeat in Ireland - but Townsend insists the coaching staff should resist the temptation to push him into the fly-half role.

Townsend, who played the No 10 role himself during a stellar playing career, said: "Stuart had a superb game at the weekend, he was one of the best performers over the three games, never mind just in Dublin.

"It's good to see him back in a Scotland jersey and getting involved in play. He looked fit and was breaking through tackles which is fantastic for Scotland going forward.

"He has got such good basic skills - his passing, his kicking, his ball-carrying - but gets a lot of opportunities at full-back. You see often that full-backs are second only to fly-halves in the number of touches of the ball they get so I'm not sure you would see him any more involved than he is now.

"You see him getting up to become first or second receiver a lot of the time and that is what you want. He's playing so well at full-back right now so why would you change that?"

Scott Johnson's men will be keen to pile the misery on Stuart Lancaster's visiting England side, who were pipped at the death 26-24 in France last weekend.

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