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Hogg 'gutted' by Scotland Rugby World Cup exit

Scotland's Stuart Hogg is left dejected after the final whistle Credit: Press Association

Scotland star Stuart Hogg says he's 'gutted' to be heading home from the Rugby World Cup.

The Hawick-born fullback played in Scotland's controversial 34-35 quarter-final defeat to Australia at Twickenham yesterday and Tweeted his disappointment this morning about his side's heartbreaking exit.

Scotland led the thrilling encounter until a controversial penalty in the 79th minute, awarded after referee Craig Joubert called a deliberate offside when replays seemed to indicate the ball had come off an Australian, gave the Wallabies victory.

Rugby players past and present have been taking to social media to show their support for Scotland and criticise Joubert.

England's World Cup winning scrum-half Matt Dawson branded Joubert a "disgrace" while former South Africa coach Peter de Villiers said it was a "shocking penalty call".

High praise for Hogg from Hawick RFC President

Former Hawick Rugby Club player Stuart Hogg has been given high praise by the club's President.

Full-back Hogg, who's now considered one of Scotland's key players, spent many years playing for his home club.

He remains a huge supporter, along with his family, and when he's not playing for the Glasgow Warriors he tries to get along to watch the men in Green.

President of Hawick RFC, Ross Cameron, says the whole town is extremely proud of their "local hero."

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Road safety campaign backed by Scotland rugby player

A powerful new campaign from the Scottish Government and Road Safety Scotland, urges drivers to watch their speed on country roads and help reduce the number of fatalities.

Don't miss what's round the corner. Credit: Scottish Government

"Don't miss what's round the corner. Watch your speed on country roads". thats the message from the Scottish Government as they launch a road safety campaign.

Country roads account for the largest number of fatal accidents on Scotland’s roads - over half (55%).

Last year alone 755 people were killed or seriously injured whilst driving on country roads and three out of four of those were men.

Loss of control is the biggest cause of deaths on country roads, frequently associated with driving too fast for the conditions and leaving too little time to react to unpredictable road conditions and hazards.

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Country roads account for the largest number of fatal accidents on Scotland’s roads.
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people were killed or seriously injured whilst driving on country roads.

Minister for Transport and Islands Derek Mackay said:

We are committed to achieving safer road travel in Scotland for everyone and clearly we are heading in the right direction. However we still have a long way to go, particularly with younger male drivers.

This campaign encourages motorists in Scotland to drive at an appropriate speed for the conditions, particularly on country roads as there is a higher proportion of fatalities in rural areas.

We know the risks are associated with inappropriate and excessive speeds, which is why Scotland’s Road Safety Framework to 2020 has speed as one of its priorities and includes a variety of measures to tackle the problem.

We have been making good progress, but there is still more to be done to help reduce fatalities on our roads.”

– Minister for Transport and Islands Derek Mackay

You can watch the highly emotive campaign advert here:

Superintendent Fraser Candlish of Police Scotland said:

We are urging drivers to take extra care on country roads, as you never know what hazards are waiting round the corner or when something unexpected might happen.

It’s important to drive according to the road conditions as driving even slightly too fast can turn avoidable incidents into serious and ultimately fatal crashes. We hope this new campaign will contribute to a reduction of deaths on Scotland’s roads.”

– Superintendent Fraser Candlish of Police Scotland
Rugby player Stuart Hogg was involved in a car crash in which his best friend died Credit: Safer Scotland/ITV Border

Scotland and Glasgow rugby player, Stuart Hogg, tragically lost his best friend, Richard Wilkinson, in a crash on a country road in 2009 and is supporting the campaign.

Losing my best mate Richard will live with me forever and was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to go through. It could have easily been me and I think about him every day and all of the things he’s missed out on.

I’m supporting the new campaign to encourage people to take extra care on country roads and I hope I’m doing Richard and his family proud.”

– Stuart Hogg, Scotland and Glasgow rugby player
Rugby player Stuart Hogg was involved in a car crash in which his best friend died Credit: Safer Scotland/ITV Border

Stuart Hogg has been involved with the campaign to help promote road safety, particularly amongst younger drivers.

You can watch the video below

The campaign is running throughout Scotland across multiple channels including TV, cinema, outdoor, radio, digital advertising.

Borders rugby player selected for Lions squad

Stuart Hogg Credit: ITV News Border

A rugby player from the Scottish Borders will be spending his summer in Australia, after being called up for the Lions squad.

20-year-old Glasgow Warrior full-back Stuart Hogg has scored three tries in fifteen appearances for Scotland since his debut last year.

Joining Hogg in the 37-man British and Irish Lions squad are fellow Scots Sean Maitland and Richie Gray.

Tour Manager Andy Irvine and Head Coach Warren Gatland announced Wales' Sam Warburton as Captain at the press conference this morning.

For the full squad list visit the British and Irish Lions website.