British & Irish Lions

Hogg opens up on his pain from previous Lions tour: 'I've kept quiet about it'

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Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg opened up on Thursday about the pain he felt when an injury ended his previous tour with the British and Irish Lions.

Hogg will captain the tourists in their match against the Stormers in Cape Town on Saturday.

He was favourite to play in the Tests against New Zealand in 2017 when a collision with team-mate Conor Murray in a match against the Crusaders caused a fractured facial bone, forcing him to return home.

"It's something I've kept quiet about and almost to myself for a long time," he said.

"I had been playing some good rugby and to have that taken away from me was certainly disappointing.

"It probably took me a good year-and-a-half, two years to get over it and get back and running and to get excited about playing rugby.

"I kept it to myself, but my focus all along was to make sure to give myself every opportunity to represent the Lions again. Now that I am here, I am making the most of it."

Hogg will lead the Lions in their final match before the first Test against South Africa on July 24 after another frustrating experience.

He had to spend seven days in isolation after being in close contact with a Covid-positive member of the support staff.

Hogg was unable to travel with the rest of the team when they relocated from Johannesburg to Cape Town on Sunday, joining the squad again only on Wednesday.

Saturday's Stormers v Lions match at Cape Town Stadium kicks off at 18:00.

Teams:

Stormers

15 Sergeal Petersen, 14 Seabelo Senatla, 13 Rikus Pretorius, 12 Dan du Plessis, 11 Edwill van der Merwe, 10 Tim Swiel, 9 Godlen Masimla, 8 Evan Roos, 7 Johan du Toit, 6 Nama Xaba, 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Ernst van Rhyn (captain), 3 Neethling Fouche, 2 JJ Kotze, 1 Leon Lyons

Substitutes (from): 16 Andre-Hugo Venter, 17 Kwenzo Blose, 18 Sazi Sandi, 19 Justin Basson, 20 Marcel Theunissen, 21 Thomas Bursey, 22 Abner van Reenen, 23 Juan de Jongh, 24 Lee-Marvin Mazibuko, 25 Niel Otto, 26 Leolin Zas, 27 Cornel Smit

British & Irish Lions

15 Stuart Hogg (captain, Scotland), 14 Josh Adams (Wales) 13 Elliot Daly (England), 12 Robbie Henshaw (Ireland), 11 Duhan van der Merwe (Scotland), 10 Marcus Smith (England), 9 Ali Price (Scotland), 8 Jack Conan (Ireland), 7 Hamish Watson (Scotland), Tadhg Beirne (Ireland), 5 Jonny Hill (England), 4 Adam Beard (Wales), 3 Tadhg Furlong (Ireland), Luke Cowan-Dickie (England), 1 Rory Sutherland (Scotland)

Substitutes: 16 Jamie George (England), 17 Mako Vunipola (England), 18 Zander Fagerson (Scotland), 19 Alun Wyn Jones (Wales), 20 Sam Simmonds (England), 21 Gareth Davies (Wales), 22 Chris Harris (Scotland), 23 Louis Rees-Zammit (Wales)

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