Scotland forwards coach Danny Wilson isn’t concerned by the risk of handing Stuart Hogg a start against Fiji in Saturday’s autumn Test. The Glasgow Warriors fullback was expected to miss the entire November Test series after undergoing ankle surgery in September, but he was one of six players added to the Scotland squad this week.
Scotland have put back their team announcement by 24 hours to give Hogg, who has been training without contact ahead of Saturday’s Test against Fiji at BT Murrayfield, more time.
And Wilson isn’t worried about the consequences of pitching the 26-year-old back in much earlier than was expected when it was the predicted he was facing a 12-week lay-off. “I don’t think there’s a massive concern about that.
He’s made really good progress in his rehab, he’s worked extremely hard in a short space of time and he’s shown me how important it is for him to play for Scotland,” said the former Cardiff boss, who is looking forward to his first home game after replacing Dan McFarland.
“Stuart’s desperate to play rugby full stop. Desperate to get back out on the pitch and he’s made real good progress, done everything that’s been asked of him. “It would be great to have him back out there, but we have to make sure we do our due diligence and he does his and we put him out there are the right time when he’s fully fit, and hopefully the next few days will dictate when that will be.”