It has been a few weeks since Glasgow full-back Stuart Hogg got the call from Andy Robinson informing him that he was in the Scotland training squad for the RBS 6 Nations, and the reality is still sinking in.
In many ways it shouldn’t come as a surprise considering Hogg, who is blessed with searing pace and reads the game well beyond his 19 years, has been a standout player in the Warriors’ RaboDirect PRO12 campaign.
In that regard it probably helps that his father, John, was a mainstay of the all-conquering Hawick side from the 1970s and that Jim Renwick, widely considered one of Scotland’s finest ever backs, is a close family friend and SRU mentor.
A debate still rages whether his talents are best deployed as a full-back or an outside centre, but here we get to hear what makes Hogg tick on and off the field.
You ended up having 15 kids playing full contact rugby on the tarmac I had some great memories growing up playing rugby. Probably the first was when I played with my brother and all my friends on the streets.
I can play at centre or full-back I prefer full-back, there’s a lot of space to attack. You have time to think about what you are going to do next and you get to choose whether to pass, kick and run.
If I could make one change to rugby I would do something to reform the scrums. Standing out wide I seem to spend days waiting for them to reset.
My nicknames at Glasgow are not that imaginative Hoggy or Freckles plus some others which aren’t suitable for publication.
Something that gees me up and gets the blood going If I could have a theme tune to walk out to like in Twenty20 cricket, it would be The World’s Greatest by R Kelly. It’s pretty inspiring.
Leinster’s RDS is the best away ground I’ve played at I have been lucky enough to play at some great grounds this season but Leinster had a phenomenal team and atmosphere, particularly when we won there in the RaboDirect PRO12.
I mix up my gym buddies The main two are Troy Nathan and Tommy Seymour most of the time. Troy is all about his upper body while Tommy concentrates on his lower body.
I wouldn’t want to meet Maama Molitika down a dark alley When we played the Cardiff Blues he seemed a big angry man and I remember he said to me “come to Mama,” which was pretty intimidating.
I generally just chill out with my flatmates On my days off from rugby, I hang out with Henry Pyrgos, Finlay Gillies and Alex Dunbar. You can imagine it is a pretty boy-orientated flat with an X-Box and all the usual things.
I imagine they would probably say my cleaning or lack of is my worst trait. I just lie on the couch and let them tidy up around me but you would have to ask them directly.