British Lions

Hogg out of Lions tour with face fracture

2017-06-13 07:20
Stuart Hogg (Getty)

Dunedin - Scottish fullback Stuart Hogg was forced out of the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand Tuesday after tests showed he had suffered a bone fracture in his face. 

Hogg went off clutching his cheek in the first half of the Lions' win over the Crusaders on Saturday after colliding with team-mate Conor Murray's elbow. 

The 24-year-old said he was "gutted" it had turned out to be a tour-ending injury. 

"I'm disappointed to be leaving in this way but wish all the squad the best in the coming weeks and will be cheering them on from home," he said in a statement.

Coach Warren Gatland said Hogg's departure was "hugely disappointing". 

"Stuart has been a key member of our squad on and off the field and it is disappointing to see injury cut short his time with us in New Zealand," he said. 

No replacement will be called-up, reducing the touring party to 40 players. 

They face the Highlanders in Dunedin on Tuesday.

Read more on:    british and  |  warren gatland  |  stuart hogg  |  rugby

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Saturday, 01 July 2017
New Zealand v British & Irish Lions, Westpac Stadium 09:35
Saturday, 08 July 2017
New Zealand v British & Irish Lions, Eden Park 09:35

How will the three-Test series between the world champion All Blacks and British & Irish Lions pan out?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The pride of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland have combined once again to form the British & Irish Lions. Their mission? Victory over the world champion All Blacks in their own back yard. How will their three-test series pan out? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.