Scotland’s all-time top try scorer Stuart Hogg is set to RETIRE from rugby after the World Cup later this year with the Exeter Chiefs star, 30, claiming his body ‘can’t achieve the standards I expect’ as he vows to end his career on a high
- Scotland rugby star Stuart Hogg will retire from the sport after the World Cup
- Hogg claims his body can not longer perform to the levels his expects of himself
- The 30-year-old has picked up 100 caps and is his country’s top try-scorer
Scotland and Exeter Chiefs full-back Stuart Hogg is set to retire from rugby after this year’s World Cup.
Sportsmail understands that the 30-year-old, who has 100 Scotland caps and is his country’s top try-scorer with 27, is ready to step away from both club and international rugby.
If he does, the former Scotland captain will bring the curtain down on a glittering career that also includes a Heineken Cup championship medal and English league winners title with Exeter as well as a PRO12 title with Glasgow Warriors.
He has been on three British and Irish Lions tour in a row – the first tour call-up came when he was only 20 – and he won back-to-back Six Nations player of the championship awards in 2016 and 2017.
It is understood he is keen to move his wife and young children back to the borders after he competes with Scotland at the World Cup in France, which is due to start in September this year.
Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg has announced he will retire from rugby after the World Cup
Hogg’s glittering career saw him win the Premiership and the Heineken Cup with Exeter
Hogg says his body can no longer perform at the level he expects and wants to go out on a high
In a statement titled ‘The Final Chapter’ posted on social media, Hogg wrote: ‘After RWC2023, my professional rugby journey will end I will be retiring from the game.’
‘As a young king growing up in The Borders, all I wanted to do was to play rugby for Scotland. I feel privileged to have represented my country on 100 occasions, play on three British and Irish Lions tours and represent some amazing clubs. I couldn’t have asked for more.
‘Rugby has allowed me to meet some incredible characters, make lifelong friends, travel the world and be part of some unbelievable experiences that I will cherish forever.
‘Knowing what lies ahead, I have a real hunger to play the best, most enjoyable rugby of my career, finishing the season strongly with Exeter Chiefs before attacking the opportunity we, as a nation, have in France.
‘I don’t feel my body can achieve the standards that I set myself for much longer and I’ve always wanted to finish at the top end of the game.
‘After the tournament, a new career beckons and I will attack it in the same manner as I play the game. I hope I have done you proud.’
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