Townsend hopes Hogg stays put for Scotland’s clash with England

Sport360 staff 17:01 06/02/2014
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Exciting talent: Stuart Hogg.

Glasgow head coach Gregor Townsend believes Scotland should resist pushing Stuart Hogg further up the pitch if they want to see the best of the full-back against England.

The 21-year-old was back in dark blue jersey against Ireland in Dublin on Sunday after a year away as his national team responsibilities were disrupted by duty with the British and Irish Lions and a wrist injury.

But despite a bright start from the Melrose-born youngster, he could not inspire Scotland to anything more than a dismal display as they slumped to a 28-6 defeat.

His broken-field running talents have often sparked calls for him to be pushed up to outside centre or even stand-off in a bid to make use of his pace and agility.

Scotland coach Scott Johnson has already admitted he would like to give the Glasgow man a run at number 10 but his Scotstoun boss believes he is best staying put where he is when England visit Edinburgh on Saturday.

Townsend said: “Stuart had a superb game at the weekend, he was one of the best performers over the three games, never mind just in Dublin. It’s good to see him back in a Scotland jersey and getting involved in play. He looked fit and was breaking through tackles which is fantastic for Scotland.

“He has got such good basic skills – his passing, his kicking, his ball-carrying – but gets a lot of opportunities at full-back. You see often that full-backs are second only to fly-halves in the number of touches of the ball they get so I’m not sure you would see him any more involved than he is now.

“He’s playing so well at fullback right now so why would you change that?”

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