Scotland and Exeter Chiefs Fullback Stuart Hogg has announced his intentions to retire at the conclusion of this year’s Rugby World Cup.
30-year-old Hogg has been a mainstay of the Scottish side since making his debut in 2012 has gone on to amass 100 Scottish caps as well as two British and Irish Lions test caps.
Releasing a statement on his social media pages, Hogg wrote: “After RWC 2023, my professional rugby journey will end and I will be retiring from the game.
“As a young kid growing up in the The Borders, all I wanted to do was play rugby for Scotland. I feel privileged to have represented my country on 100 occasions, play on three British and Irish Lions tours and represent some amazing clubs. I couldn’t have asked for any more.
“I’ve so many people to thank and I will get round to you all. First and foremost is my wife Gill, my parents, my brother and my kids. I’m so lucky and proud to have such a loving family that have supported me every step of the way.
“Rugby has allowed me to meet some incredible characters, make lifelong friends, travel the world and be part of some unbelievable experiences that I will cherish forever.”
Hogg who turns 31 in June will play out the rest of the club season with Exeter before hanging up his boots following Scotland’s campaign in France.
Undoubtedly one of the greatest players Scotland has ever produced, the Fullback will likely be a key contributor to Gregor Townsend’s squad at what will be a challenging World Cup.
Having been drawn with three-time world champions South Africa as well as world number one ranked Ireland, Scotland will need all of Hogg’s experience to progress to the quarterfinals.
Finishing his post, Hogg added: “Knowing what lies ahead, I have a real hunger to play the best, most enjoyable rugby of my career, finishing the season strongly with Exeter Chiefs before attacking the opportunity we, as a nation, have in France.
“I don’t feel my body can achieve the standards that I set myself for much longer and I’ve always wanted to finish at the top end of the game. After the tournament, a new career beckons and I will attack it in the same manner as I play the game. I hope I have done you proud.
“100 not out (just yet).”