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".
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."
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. 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.
Minister for Transport and Islands Derek Mackay said:
You can watch the highly emotive campaign advert here:
Superintendent Fraser Candlish of Police Scotland said:
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.
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.
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.