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Scotland Vs Romania: Stuart Hogg's surprise leaving before Rugby World Cup

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Scotland Vs Romania: Stuart Hogg's surprise leaving before Rugby World Cup

The former Scotland skipper had originally scheduled to retire after this year's RWC. Stuart Hogg, the ex-Scotland captain, has broadcast his retirement with instant effect and will not play for his nation at the world cup later this year. Hogg, 31, had earlier said that he would hang up his boots after the competition in France. However, in a statement on Sunday, he said that his body has not been able to do the things he desired and wanted it to do.

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Hogg’s last appearance for his nation came in this year’s Six Nations, winning his 100th cap in the game against Ireland before being forced off with ankle damage. His final game as an expert player came for Exeter Chiefs in the Champions Cup semi-final downfall to La Rochelle. In an ornate career, Hogg won the Gallagher Premiership and Champions Cup with Exeter and the Pro12 with Glasgow.

He was also part of Scotland’s recent Calcutta Cup wins and toured three times with the British and Irish Lions. In a report, he said it is hard where to start but with great sadness and a huge amount of pride, I am declaring my immediate departure from playing rugby. I fought with everything I had to make the Rugby World Cup but this time my body has not been able to do the things I wanted and wanted it to do.

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I just never thought it would be this soon. It’s hard to put into words just how much of an effect the game has had on my life. I will be retiring knowing that I have given my body and heart to rugby. I will be forever grateful to this amazing public and cannot wait to begin my trip as a proud fan of the Scotland Rugby World Cup team. Gregor Townsend said following Stuart’s news we would like to wish him all the best in his departure.

He has been an outstanding player for Scotland and has had a profession lit up with so many accomplishments, highlights and special memories. We respect his choice to step away now and understand the pressures and challenges his body has gone through in recent seasons. He has been an essential part of our RWC team for many years, as well as leading the side to famous victories over England and France in 2021.

Other RWC star players wish him luck

We all wish him well in his career post-rugby. We look forward to welcoming him back to backing us from the stands. Among the many honours to Hogg included words from former Scotland global Jim Hamilton wrote, one of the best of all time. It’s been a tribute playing with and watching you. See you on the Microphone soon buddy. For more know about Scotland Rugby World Cup Tickets.

A post from World Rugby’s official reason said thank you for all you have given to the game. An unbelievable career. There were also kind words for Hogg from outside of rugby, with the former Scotland footballer Ally McCoist writing, one of the best mates. Given us great joy over the years. Congratulations on a superb Rugby World Cup profession.

Bath’s Ruaridh McConnochie has been called up to substitute Hogg for RWC 2023. McConnochie played for England at the 2019 world cup but has not been topped since and now qualified for Scotland’s rugby national union team, having first been called up by Townsend during the Six Nations. Another Bath player, back-row Josh Bayliss, has swapped the injured Andy Christie.

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Mark Dodson, CEO of Scottish Rugby said, I’d like to thank Stuart for his huge contribution to rugby in Scotland so far. He has truly been a superstar for our game and along the way set histories and reached milestones which his talent and application richly earned. There have been many highlights during his club and RWC career and few players had the skill to ignite a crowd like Hoggy.

Naturally, we have all seen him develop as a player and a person throughout his occupation and I know how proud Hoggy has been to represent the Scotland rugby team throughout his 100 caps and when captain of his country. Like all Rugby World Cup fans, we will miss him as a player and wish him all the very finest with the next chapter of his life.

The Romania Rugby World Cup training team for RWC 2023


In the prop position for RWC, we have Alexandru Savin from CSA Steaua Bucuresti, Thomas Cretu from Stade Français, Constantin Ciprian Chiriac from SCM Timisoara, Gheorghe Gajion from Stade Montois, Costel Burțila from RC Hyeres Carqueiranne, Dorin Tica from CS Dinamo Bucurest, Balan Vasile from CSA Steaua Bucuresti, and Alexandru Gordaș from Dinamo Bucurest.

Moving on to the hooker position for France Rugby World Cup 2023, the training squad consists of Ovidiu Cojocaru from CS Dinamo Bucurest, Tudor Butnariu from CSA Steaua Bucuresti, Robert Irimescu from CSM Baia Mare, Marian Eugen Capatina from SCM Timisoara, Iulan Hartig from Rugby Club Bassin d’Arcachon, and Florin Bardașu from Steaua Bucuresti.

In the second row, the RWC squad includes Adrian Motoc from Biarritz, Marius Antonescu from US Bressane, Marius Iftimiciuc from Club Atlantique Perigueux Dordogne, Johannes van Heerden from CS Dinamo București, Andrei Mahu from RC Massyone, Ștefan Iancu from Steaua Bucuresti, and Lucien Muresan from SCM Timisoara. For more know about Romania Rugby World Cup Tickets.

Finally, in the back row, we have Florian Rosu from Baia Mare, Vlad Neculau from SCM Timisoara, Cristi-Marian Chirica from RC Hyeres Carqueiranne, Mihai Macovei from RC Bassin d’Arcachon, Andre Gorin from RC Hyeres Carqueiranne, and Cristi Boboc from CSA Steaua Bucuresti. These forwards will play a vital role in the team's actions in the upcoming Rugby World Cup, representing Romania with their skills and determination.

The Romania Rugby World Cup training squad Backs

In the scrum-half position for RWC 2023, we have Alin Conache from SCM Timisoara, Garbriel Rupanu from SCM Timisoara, Florin Surugiu from Steaua Bucuresti, and Vladut Bocanet from Steaua Bucuresti. Moving on to the fly-half position, the squad consists of Hinckley Vaovasa from Steaua Bucuresti, Gabriel Pop from CS Dinamo Bucuresti, and Mihai Muresan from CSM Baia Mare.

In the centre positions, the Rugby World Cup training squad includes Taylor Gontineac from Rouen Normandie, Jason Tomane from CSM Baia Mare, Atila Septar from RC Toulon, Fonovai Tangimana from Steaua Bucuresti, and Florin Vladut Popa from Steaua Bucuresti. In the wing positions, the squad consists of Marius Simionescu from SCM Timisoara, Nicolas Onutu from CS Viennes, Mihai Lamboiu from CSM Baia Mare, and Sioeli Lama from Steaua Bucuresti.

Lastly, in the full-back position, the training squad includes Paul Popoaia from CSM Baia Mare, Cosmin Iliuta from Steaua Bucuresti, Ionel Melinte from RC Hyeres Carqueiranne, and Robert Neagu from Steaua Bucuresti. These backs will play a vital role in the team's activities, showcasing their skills and causal to Romania's efforts in the Rugby World Cup.

Romania Rugby World Cup team in Pool B

Romania have been drawn in RWC 2023 Pool B alongside South Africa, Ireland, Scotland and Tonga rugby national union teams. The knockout stages will follow the same arrangement as previous years, with teams from Pools A and B then Pools C and D meeting in the quarter-finals. So, the Romania rugby team and the France rugby team could meet in the last eight.

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