Six Nations: Stuart Hogg issues public apology following sending off against Wales
Last Updated: 18/03/14 10:41am
Stuart Hogg: Apologises for red card in record defeat against Wales
Scotland's Stuart Hogg has issued a public apology following his sending off in the record Six Nations defeat against Wales in Cardiff.
Hogg was dismissed midway through the first half by French referee Jerome Garces for a late shoulder-led hit on Wales' Dan Biggar.
Garces initially showed full-back Hogg a yellow card but changed it to red after viewing replays of the incident on the Millennium Stadium big screens.
Scotland, who were 10-3 down at the time, had already lost their captain Kelly Brown through injury, and they subsided to a 51-3 reversal as the home side ran in seven tries.
"I would like to apologise to my team-mates, the Scotland management and all
Scotland supporters for what happened today. I have let people down," Hogg said.
"I have said sorry in person to Dan Biggar and I have apologised to the referee Jerome Garces.
"I always try to play hard and fair, and what happened today was out of character for me. Once again, I am very sorry."
Hogg will now face a disciplinary hearing, with the prospect of a ban looming over him.
Hogg became only the third Scotland international to be sent off in a Test match after Nathan Hines against the USA in 2002 and Scott Murray against Wales four years later.