Hogg hopes to repay Robinson
February 23, 2012
Stuart Hogg impressed as a replacement against Wales © Getty Images
Stuart Hogg is eager to repay the faith shown in him by Scotland head coach Andy Robinson in Sunday's Six Nations clash with France.
The 19-year-old fullback 12 months ago made his Glasgow Warriors debut but has swiftly been promoted through the ranks and is set to make his first Test start this weekend against Les Bleus.
Hogg impressed in Scotland A's 35-0 win over England Saxons and on his Test debut, coming off the replacements' bench in the first half of the loss to Wales for the injured Max Evans, and Robinson has given him permission to express himself in the wide expanses of Murrayfield on Sunday.
"It's great for him to back me and have the confidence in me - it gives me great confidence," Hogg said. "I've spoken to Andy numerous times and asked him what he wants me to do. "He's said I've got the freedom to roam and play. It's massively exciting to be given that role. I'm going to enjoy it and I'm quietly confident we can do this."
Hogg's long-term future may lie at outside centre, but for now he is determined to improve on his showing in Cardiff as fullback against the Rugby World Cup finalists.
"I was nervous, anxious, but I was excited to get a bit of game time," he added of his debut outing. "I was pleased with my performance, but we didn't come away with a win which was what we went down there for. We'll put the wrongs right this weekend and hopefully get a win against the French.
"To get a start and my home debut is simply amazing. We're going to be all guns blazing this weekend. It's a packed-out Murrayfield and I couldn't think of a better place to play."
First and foremost Hogg is determined to get the basics right and he recognises the size of the task which awaits a Scotland side seeking to end a four-match losing streak and claim just a second win over France in the history of the Six Nations.
"They're probably the best counter-attack team in the Six Nations," he added. "We can't kick the ball loosely. Our kicking game has got to be spot on. They're quick, they're evasive, it's going to be a massive challenge, but a challenge we're looking forward to."
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