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“Gutted”: 2017 Lions Tour ends for Scotland’s Stuart Hogg

Scotland's Stuart Hogg pictured on the 2017 British & Irish Lions tour to New Zealand. Photo: LionsRugby.com
Scotland's Stuart Hogg pictured on the 2017 British & Irish Lions tour to New Zealand. Photo: LionsRugby.com

Four games into the 2017 British & Irish Lions tour and it’s all over for Scotland’s Stuart who has been ruled out of the remainder of the British & Irish Lions 2017 Tour to New Zealand due to injury.

His withdrawal from the tour was announced hours before kick off against Highlanders in Dunedin on Tuesday morning.

Hogg, a two-times Lion who featured in the victories over the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians and the Crusaders, suffered a facial bone fracture in the match in Christchurch.

The British & Irish Lions medical team have been working in consultation with Glasgow Warriors and Hogg will return to Scotland for further treatment.

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“It is hugely disappointing for Stuart to have to return home early and for us to lose one of our touring party”, says head coach Warren Gatland.

“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.

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“I’m gutted to be leaving the Tour at this stage,” said Hogg when asked about the injury.

“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.”

There will be no replacement call-up at this time.

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