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Border region represented in autumn rugby internationals

Stuart Hogg of Scotland Credit: PA

Southern Scotland and Cumbria will be well represented in this weekend's autumn rugby internationals.

Borderers Stuart Hogg and Greig Laidlaw are in Scotland's starting fifteen to take on Argentina at Murrayfield, while Dumfries's Alex Dunbar wins a place on the bench.

And head coach Eddie Jones has named Cumbrian number 8 Mark Wilson in England's line up for the game against Australia.

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Stuart Hogg named as best Six Nations player

Stuart Hogg Credit: PA

Rugby star Stuart Hogg has been named Six Nations player of year - for the second time in a row.

Hogg, who is from Hawick, received nearly a quarter of the votes in the public poll.

The honour crowns an excellent Six Nations for the 24-year-old full back who was showered with praise during the tournament with one pundit describing him as “the most dangerous attacking back in the northern hemisphere”.

Hogg, who plays his club rugby with Glasgow Warriors, was selected from a shortlist of 12 outstanding players.

Last year Hogg picked up the same award with over 30 per cent of the vote.


Hogg tweets support to coma-stricken judo star

Stephanie Inglis Credit: Press Association

Scotland rugby international Stuart Hogg has tweeted his support to coma-stricken judo star Stephanie Inglis.

Commonwealth Games medallist Inglis was seriously injured in a motorbike crash in Vietnam last week and is being treated at a hospital in Hanoi.

A Gofundme page has now been set up to help pay for her treatment.

Hogg, who hails from Hawick, is encouraging people to contribute to the fund.

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Hogg named Man of the Match at Murrayfield

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Stuart Hogg was named Man of the Match in Scotland's 29-18 win over France at Murrayfield.

The Hawick full-back gave an excellent all-round performance during the Six Nations clash, and he was instrumental in creating Tim Visser's crucial try.

Captain Greig Laidlaw, from Galashiels, was elated at the final whistle. He lead his team out for the 25th time as Captain, earning his 50th Cap in doing so.

Alex Dunbar from Dumfries and Kelso's Ross Ford were also part of the team, who beat the French for the first time in 10 years.

The result now means Scotland could finish third in the championship, if they beat Ireland in their final game next weekend.

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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