Misery for full-back
Broken bone rules Hogg out of Lions tour
A dejected Stuart Hogg has spoken of his disappointment after being ruled out of the remainder of the British & Irish Lions tour to New Zealand due to injury.
The Glasgow Warriors star, a two-time Lion who featured in the victories over the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians and the Crusaders, suffered a facial bone fracture in Saturday’s match in Christchurch after a collision with team-mate Conor Murray.
The British & Irish Lions medical team have been working in consultation with his club and Hogg will return to Scotland for further treatment.
“I’m gutted to be leaving to be leaving the tour at this stage,” he said.
“It is an honour to have been involved in a second British & Irish Lions tour and I have hugely enjoyed my time with the squad and I’m very excited about the potential of this group.
“I’m disappointed to be leaving in this way but wish all the squad the best in the coming weeks and will be cheering them on from home.”
Head Coach Warren Gatland, who will not be calling up a replacement for now, said: “It is hugely disappointing for Stuart to have to return home early and for us to lose one of our touring party.
“Stuart has been a key member of our squad on and off the field and it is disappointing to see injury cut short his time with us in New Zealand.
“We all wish him the best with his recovery and we look forward to seeing him back in action in the future.”
Hogg’s premature departure from the squad reduces the Scottish contingent to two in the shape of Tommy Seymour and Greig Laidlaw.
Glasgow Warriors winger Seymour was one of the Lions’ try scorers in their narrow 23-22 defeat to Highlanders in Dunedin today.
Jonathan Joseph and returning captain Sam Warburton also went over for the tourists, who saw a late match-winning penalty from Elliot Daly fall just short.
It was the second defeat in four matches for the Lions, who take on the All Blacks in the first Test on Saturday, 24 June in Auckland.