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Hogg: 6 Nations Player of the Tournament (and other news)

Stuart Hogg in full flight - pic © Al Ross/Novantae Photography
Stuart Hogg in full flight - pic © Al Ross/Novantae Photography

Stuart Hogg has been voted player of the 2016 RBS Six Nations after a tournament that saw him score two tries but also create a further three with nicely timed offloads to John Barclay, Tommy Seymour and that outrageous overhead flip to Tim Visser. He also finally nailed a long range penalty. Congratulations to Hoggy.

This week the Pen has been busy with new contracts for academy players, Peter Murchie with a one year deal and Canadian international prop Djustice Sears-Duru has signed a short-term contract until the end of the season. The academy players are Scotland under-20 captain Scott Cummings, who signed a three-year deal, while hooker James Malcolm has signed for two years and centre Nick Grigg has penned a one-year contract.

Cummings is a great prospect to partner Jonny Gray long term, however of the three, only Malcolm is required tonight as Gregor Townsend has announced a pretty much full strength team and bench in a last ditch effort to get up into the playoff mix. Malcolm is the only uncapped player in the 23 with most of the Scotland team straight back into action, and they can still afford to leave out form players like Rory Hughes, Pete Horne and Simone Favaro.

Glasgow team to face Ulster (live on BBC Alba and BBC Website, k.o. 1935 GMT):
S Hogg, T Seymour, M Bennett, A Dunbar, S Lamont, F Russell, H Pyrgos; G Reid, F Brown, S Puafisi, J Gray (capt), L Nakarawa, R Harley, C Fusaro, J Strauss.
Replacements: J Malcolm, J Yanuyanutawa, Z Fagerson, T Swinson, R Wilson, G Hart, D Weir, T Naiyaravoro.

Ulster: S Olding, C Gilroy, L Marshall, S McCloskey, R Scholes, P Jackson, R Pienaar; C Black, R Herring (C), R Lutton, A O’Connor, F van der Merwe, I Henderson, C Henry, N Williams.
Replacements: J Andrew, K McCall, A Warwick, R Diack, S Reidy, P Marshall, S Windsor, D Cave.

At the other end of the M8, Glasgow centre/fullback Glenn Bryce has signed to fill any Tonks or Beard-shaped holes that might be appearing next season, while Newport-Gwent Dragons utility back Jason Tovey has signed on loan until the end of the season to do the job until then. Edinburgh will face the Dragons on Easter Sunday. Scrum-halves Nathan Fowles and Sean Kennedy have inked 1 year contract extensions, and it was also reported that Edinburgh have signed Australian centre Solomoni Junior Rasolea on a two-year deal. Rasolea will join in time for next season from Super Rugby side Western Force. The 24-year-old has played for Australia Sevens and previously represented Fiji at Under-20 level.

Edinburgh will also send a team to the Melrose Sevens, perhaps in an effort to unearth their inner swashbuckler.

Edinburgh team to face Newport Gwent Dragons (live on BBC Alba and BBC Website, Sunday 27th, k.o 1430 GMT)
Blair Kinghorn, Damien Hoyland, Michael Allen, Sam Beard, Tom Brown, Phil Burleigh, Sam Hidalgo-Clyne; Al Dickinson, Ross Ford (capt), WP Nel, Anton Bresler, Ben Toolis, Hamish Watson, Cornell du Preez.
Replacements: Stuart McInally, Rory Sutherland, John Andress, Alex Toolis, Magnus Bradbury, Sean Kennedy, Chris Dean, Dougie Fife



10 Responses

  1. Well done, Stuart Hogg! Thoroughly deserved award for creating some breathtaking moments of skill, power, pace and sleight of hand in this year’s Six Nations.

  2. Just watched Glasgow beat Ulster and once again Hogg is man of the moment. What a player. Well deserved accolade!
    We can only hope that it inspires a generation of scottish (and other) kids to become swashbuckling number 15s in the same way I was inspired by Andy Irvine and then Gavin Hastings.
    Have to say that I think we would have beaten the Irish last week if Finn Russell had played. He is also becoming world class.

    1. Finn Russell was outstanding tonight- the kick to put Seymour in was fantastic. Hogg, is enjoying a fabulous piece of form, and that kick at the death to deny Ulster even a point.

      Glasgow have excelled in the last two games – beaten both Leinster and Ulster, despite both games being refereed by Irish referees. In fairness, I thought both Clancy, last week, and Lacey this week had decent games. The point is they should not be put in this position?
      Now, if refereeing is governed Ineternationally there is a simple solution (except the ERFU will not agree), the current Pro 12 referees look after the English Championship and the English Championship referees look after the Pro 12. Either that or the panel that allocates referees uses a bit of brains.
      Rant over, yes it wasn’t clever having Clancy and Lacey, could even have been worse.

      1. Something really needs to be done to cracking down on the cheating of Ulster and the other Irish sides. Despicable.

      2. That kick was one of those moments in life , not just rugby, where you doubt your own eyes. Russell is inconsistent , he is still trying things out , some work , some do not, wait till he is the real deal.

        Glasgow showed their champions spirit last night, they had flashes of genius among some mediocre play, offloads that never made it, and that soft try. Loads of things to work on however they have still to peak and what a time to be moving to peak performance.

  3. Edinburgh might struggle with only 14 players on the pitch. Do you think they might try and sneak a third backrower onto the pitch?

    Last night Russell, Hogg, Strauss were excellent for Glasgow but I thought J Gray was absolutely outstanding!

    1. Gray offered what we were missing in Dublin – what an absolute machine.

      Glasgow in a strong position to make play-offs with 3 of their remaining five games against Zebre/Treviso. Even a home play off looks possible if other results fall their way.

      1. Lots of the top 4 playing each other as well which is great for Glasgow!

        Edinburgh in the position to do them some favours if they can pull out some big performances as well. Looks though for them to make top 6 now that everyone is back to full strength, they have some tough away games coming up. A win essential tomorrow for them if they are to challenge top 6 and no slip ups for either team in the combined 4 fixtures against the Italians.

  4. Glasgow need an away win at either Scarlets or Connacht to guarantee a play-off spot, assuming they beat the Italian sides. Not easy but with two games against the Italians first confidence should be high. NOT COUNTING CHICKENS.
    If everything goes to form the Edinburgh game away at Munster on 29th April is basically a play-off for 6th place and a spot in the ERC. BIG game.

  5. Out of interest (didn’t know where to post this) I see that Andy Cramond came on as a sub for Toulon in their win over Racing. Came on at 6 though rather than lock, 6’5, 18st+, could he be an option in that position moving forward for Sco? We’re in need of big ball carriers as the Eng, Ire and RWC game v SA showed.

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