Six Nations 2021: France-Scotland – Stuart Hogg “hacked” with French comments

Six Nations 2021: France-Scotland - Stuart Hogg

Stuart Hogg returns to his familiar full-back role for Scotland to Paris trip
Lieu: Stade de France, Paris Date: Friday March 26 Start: 20h00 GMT
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Scotland captain Stuart Hogg is becoming ‘hacked’ by coverage of his team’s Six Nations final in Paris.

France will snatch the title from Wales if they score at least four tries and win the rescheduled game by 21 points or more.

But a Scottish victory of at least eight, while denying France a bonus point, would see the visitors claim the best end in second-place history.

“A lot of things have been said that are starting to hack me,” Hogg said.

“The fact that they have to get 21 points. We read a quote from one of their playersexternal link saying they have a trophy up for grabs. As a proud Scotsman, it hurt me a lot.

“We’re winning by eight points, and we’re finishing the best we’ve ever done in a Six Nations. This is the motivation for us. It’s going to be a hell of a challenge, an open rugby match, and we’re really, really excited for that. ”

The third round match was originally scheduled for February 28, but was postponed due to a Covid-19 outbreak in the French camp amid allegations of protocol violations.

With Friday’s test taking place outside designated international windows, the release of England-based Gregor Townsend players had to be negotiated.

A deal has been struck between Scottish Rugby, Six Nations and England Rugby Premiership, but the number of players available has been capped at five, meaning Saracen duo Sean Maitland and Duncan Taylor, and the sidekick of Bath Jamie Bhatti, are absent.

“The main thing for us is that we put the team first,” added Hogg. “I could see how much it meant to Sean Maitland that he wasn’t going to be included. It hurt him a lot.

“Duncan Taylor, Jamie Bhatti, boys who have had a huge impact on what we’ve done in training and in games over the last few weeks. We are going there tomorrow to put on a performance they would be proud of. , in which they have made massive efforts. ”

The British and Irish Lions full-backs dodged a “flagship question” about the fairness of such a deal, but said his players were eager to end a turbulent campaign in style.

Saracens Sean Maitland and Duncan Taylor miss final Six Nations game

Scotland beat a 38-year-old Twickenham hoodoo, beating England in the first round, before home losses to Wales and England, and a Murrayfield bombing against Italy last Saturday.

“The point is, a lot is written about us that often focuses on the opposition rather than ourselves,” said the 28-year-old. “We’re just going to do our job the right way and let our rugby do the talking.

“I’m incredibly proud of what we’ve done so far in these Six Nations. Obviously it hasn’t been perfect, but we have a chance to end on a very high note and celebrate.

“It was a good time at the camp, a lot of sacrifices we had to make to stay away from home for long periods of time, a lot of trips for the boys in exile, a lot of work and effort went into. We want to end on a good note and celebrate each other’s company. ”


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