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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Hogg aims to lift spirits

Hogg knows the Scotland support are hurting after their latest qualification nightmare but hopes his team can sooth their pain by marching into the knock-out rounds
Hogg knows the Scotland support are hurting after their latest qualification nightmare but hopes his team can sooth their pain by marching into the knock-out rounds

Stuart Hogg has promised Scotland's rugby team will put a smile back on the faces of the Tartan Army after watching their football counterparts suffer Euro 2016 anguish.

Gordon Strachan's side saw hopes of reaching a first major tournament in 18 years crumble on Thursday night when they were held to a 2-2 draw with Poland. It is a different story for the nation's rugby team, who can fire themselves into the World Cup quarter-finals if they beat Samoa in Newcastle today.

Hogg knows the Scotland support are hurting after their latest qualification nightmare but hopes his team can sooth their pain by marching into the knock-out rounds.

The Glasgow full-back said: "We love our sport in Scotland so it was bitterly disappointing that the football boys couldn't qualify last night.

"I watched the game and there was a lot of passion involved. Hopefully we can have exactly the same tomorrow and really lift the nation again."

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