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Hogg out of tour after face fracture

Stuart Hogg
Stuart Hogg: out of tour

Stuart Hogg, the Scotland full-back and Six Nations player of the tournament for the past two years, is out of the British Lions squad.

He is heading home after fracturing a bone in his face in a collision with team-mate Conor Murray during the win over the Crusaders on Saturday.

The Lions medical team had been in consultation with Glasgow Warriors to repair the damage but decided he would be ruled out of the remaining matches.

Hogg said: “I’m gutted to be leaving the Tour at this stage.

“It is an honour to have been involved in a second British and Irish Lions tour. I have hugely enjoyed my time with the squad and I’m very excited about the potential of this group.”

Defence coach Andy Farrell said the team was in no rush to call up a replacement for the 24-year-old,

Head Coach Warren Gatland 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.”
The Lions play Highlanders today and Tommy Seymour is expected to feature

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