Stuart Hogg named new Scotland captain

Stuart Hogg replaces Stuart Mc Inally as Scotland captain

Stuart Hogg replaces Stuart Mc Inally as Scotland captain

Stuart Hogg is the new Scotland captain after head coach Gregor Townsend named his squad for this year's Six Nations.

He is the most experienced player in Townsend's squad, which includes six uncapped players: Glasgow Warriors trio Tom Gordon, Kyle Steyn and Ratu Tagive; Edinburgh back-row pair Luke Crosbie and Nick Haining; and Gloucester's Alex Craig.

The 27-year-old full-back won the Guinness Six Nations Player of the Championship award in both 2016 and 2017 and will now try to lead his side to an improvement on last year's fifth-place finish.

Hogg's sole game as skipper came in a loss to the United States of America in June 2018, but he has been vice-captain several times since and the 72-cap star is the most experienced player in the squad following the retirement of former skippers Greig Laidlaw and John Barclay.

Laidlaw and Barclay have since announced their retirements from worldwide action and Townsend has now decided it is time for Hogg, one of only two genuinely world-class operators in his squad along with Finn Russell, to take over.

The Johannesburg-born Steyn, who qualifies for Scotland through his Scottish-born mother Gillian, previously represented the Scotland Sevens team and also played for Maties in the Varsity Cup.

"He's a really intelligent rugby player, who is learning and improving with every season".

Townsend has handed a recall to centres Matt Scott, Huw Jones and Rory Hutchinson after all three were left out of the squad that travelled to the Far East in the autumn but Saracens' Duncan Taylor is a notable absentee. He's very good at bringing others into the game and building relationships with those around him.

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