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Rugby-Scotland skipper Hogg aims to be party pooper in Paris

Rugby-Scotland skipper Hogg aims to be party pooper in Paris

FILE PHOTO: Rugby Union - Six Nations Championship - Scotland v Italy - Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland, Britain - March 20, 2021 Scotland's Stuart Hogg during the warm up before the game REUTERS/Russell Cheyne/File Photo

REUTERS: Scotland captain Stuart Hogg is happy for the focus to be on opponents France ahead of their vital Six Nations clash on Friday but is determined his depleted side will finish the competition as party poopers in Paris.

The match is a rescheduled fixture from late February when the home side had a COVID-19 outbreak in their squad.

France must beat Scotland with a try-scoring bonus-point and by 21 points to overtake leaders Wales at the top of the Six Nations table and snatch the title.

Hogg is happy for Scotland not to be the centre of attention, but adds that does not mean they will put in anything but a full-blooded performance as they seek a first away win over the French since 1999.

"We want to let our rugby do the talking," Hogg told reporters. "I'm proud of what we have done in the Six Nations, it has not been perfect by any means, but we can finish on a strong note.

"It will take an 80-minute performance on both sides of the ball."

Scotland will be without a number of their leading players, either through injury or absence due to the match being played outside the international window.

Number eight Matt Fagerson suffered an ankle injury on Wednesday and has been replaced in the side by Nick Haining, while experienced second row Jonny Gray has a shoulder injury.

Sean Maitland, who started at fullback in the 52-10 win over Italy, has been left out due to a limit on the number of English-based players Scotland can select outside the window, according to local media.

"We are gutted for Matt, he has been outstanding the whole Six Nations and to pick up an injury at training is terrible. But the challenge we have now is to make sure we get things right before the game," Hogg said.

Source: Reuters


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