Scotland captain Stuart Hogg has declared he is ready to move on from a difficult opening weekend as he gears up for a fierce clash with old rivals England in Round 2 of the 2020 Guinness Six Nations.
The full-back, captaining his country for the first time, saw a golden opportunity slip through his fingers, quite literally, with a costly mistake in Scotland’s eventual 19-12 defeat to Ireland.
During a crucial period in the second half with his side on the attack, Hogg spilled the ball over the line when poised to score a certain try – and the Exeter man has since talked of how ‘gutted’ he was at the error.
But, following a public show of support from head coach Gregor Townsend, Hogg is now fully focused on getting Scotland’s Championship campaign back on track – and there is no more momentous way of doing so than by retaining the Calcutta Cup at BT Murrayfield.
Writing on Twitter, Hogg said: “It was a tough weekend but I’m very grateful for the support from everyone involved in the group.
“Can’t wait to get back out there this weekend with the boys and put things right #AsOne @scotlandteam.”
Saturday’s contest is set to be a huge encounter with Owen Farrell’s England also hurting after their opening round defeat to France in Paris and looking for a response in search of their first win of the 2020 Championship.