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Rugby Union

Scotland recall Hogg

8th November 2018, 19:22 by Tom Hill

Full-back Stuart Hogg has been declared fit to return for Scotland for this weekend's clash with Fiji.

The Glasgow star was expected to miss three months of action after undergoing ankle surgery but he has returned in eight weeks.

He was set to miss the entire autumn Test series but he will now start the clash against Fiji.

Hogg will be joined in the side by Sean Maitland, Finn Russell and Greig Laidlaw, who will captain the side after they all missed the Wales game.

Centre Huw Jones is dropped, with Pete Horne starting, while Exeter lock Sam Skinner is handed his debut.

Head coach Gregor Townsend makes nine changes in all and he admits he has been impressed by Hoggs' recovery.

"Stuart has trained for two weeks now," he said. "He trained with his club and recorded some excellent speed times. He has trained fully with us all week so he looks good to go.

"We had experience last year when he came back from two injuries and played in Champions Cup games, played very well, and then two weeks later he played Test level.

"We could have kept him back a week or a few weeks, but he's still going to be going into a Test match. Having watched him in training, we've seen he is ready to go."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom Hill offers a strong insight into football and rugby league, whilst also having a good knowledge of several other sports including boxing, horse racing and American Football.

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