(born 20 January 1983, in Stirling
) is a Scottish Rugby Union
player who plays rugby union
at either flanker
or number eight
for Newcastle Falcons
and formely for Scotland
A product of Stirling High School, Hogg has also played basketball for Scotland at under-16 level. He graduated from Telford College in Edinburgh with an HND
in Sports Coaching & Sports Development.
Hogg made his debut against Wales
in 2004, a match Scotland lost 23–10, aged 21. He has established himself as one of Scotland's best players. His pace, strength, skill, and work ethic have already gone some way to gaining him international recognition. All Blacks
open-side flanker Richie McCaw
rated him as one of the best back rows in the game, shortly after he missed being selected for the 2005 British & Irish Lions
tour of New Zealand
Hogg was named Edinburgh's first team captain in the summer of 2007 (alongside Simon Cross) and went on to become the first Scotland forward in 20 years to score a hat-trick of tries in one match when he plundered a treble during the 42–0 World Cup win over Romania in September 2007. STV
website, 25 June 2007.
He most recently played for Watsonian RFC in the 92nd Langholm Sevens competition. Despite being tipped to win the tournament and being 2009/10 'Kings of Sevens', Watsonians were beaten by a young Edinburgh University side.