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
"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.