Six Nations: Stuart Hogg has Lions chance says Scotland coach Duncan Hodge
Scotland play Ireland this weekend
Wednesday 20 February 2013
Scotland coaching assistant Duncan Hodge has urged Stuart Hogg to continue his fine early Six Nations form and give himself a chance of representing the British and Irish Lions.
Hogg has scored impressive tries against England and Italy and is seen as a contender for a summer berth with the Lions.
But Hodge has warned the Glasgow full-back he cannot afford to rest on his laurels ahead of Sunday’s Murrayfield encounter with Ireland.
Hodge said: "He has got some great attributes and to be put in that mix, you have got to play well five weeks out of five.
"You have got to play well season after season, and that's Hoggy's challenge now, to keep reproducing that good form.
"That's what rugby is about and what being a good player is about, replicating characteristics and form over a sustained period.
"He's an incredibly talented player. What we are after from all the guys is just that they back it up week to week.
"That's where we are going as a squad - Italy has been and gone. It's about what happens on Sunday."
Greig Laidlaw is another back who has impressed, moving from fly-half to scrum-half and producing a flawless kicking display in Scotland’s 34-10 victory over Italy.
"You would not say it's easy for most players but it seems to be fairly easy for him, which is a credit to him," former Scotland stand-off Hodge said.
"He has adapted well and wherever he has played, he has been an integral part of Scotland over the last year.
"It definitely helps when you are scoring tries and it becomes seven instead of five and you are building scoreboard pressure.
"It is an important aspect of the game, so it's great if he can continue to kick his kicks."
elephant appealPrince William signs up for our charity appeal
elephant appealSo says man jailed for cutting off dead elephant's tusks
booksWe examine the best titles for teens
voicesPeople moan that Christmas is too commercial, the spirit lost. But it is a time to over-indulge, and always has been, says DJ Taylor
scienceResearchers teach border collie to understand sentences using more than 1,000 words
travelWill high-value tourism help the artisan workshops of this Renaissance city?
Geoffrey Macnab does not like the comedian's big screen debut
- 1 Tim Sherwood challenges Daniel Levy to set out vision for Tottenham Hotspur’s future
- 2 French pub fined €9,000 after customers returned empties to bar - because it's 'undeclared labour'
- 3 Sun will 'flip upside down' within weeks, says Nasa
- 4 #Teamnigella: It’s the only side to be on
- 5 Christmas comes early: Justin Bieber is 'retiring from music'