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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".