Stuart Hogg has admitted he woke up his son Archie on Wednesday lunchtime as he celebrated his selection for a second British & Irish Lions squad.
The 24-year-old full-back was named in the 41-man squad along with fellow Glasgow Warrior Tommy Seymour and he cannot wait to build on his experience from Australia in 2013 in New Zealand this summer.
“I was undecided whether to watch the announcement or not but I decided to watch it,” he explained.
“I was sitting on the couch with my wife and little Olivia as my son was sleeping in the other room.
“When I heard my name I was jumping about – I woke the wee man up I made so much noise – and I feel hugely honoured.
“I’ve now got a sore jaw for all of the smiling I’ve been doing since the announcement.
“These kinds of tours are the reasons why we play rugby, this is the ultimate challenge of taking on New Zealand in their own back yard.
“It’s going to be incredibly tough, but it’s a challenge I’m hugely excited by.
“There is a fair amount of rugby to be played before the Tests and different combinations to be tried and here’s hoping we can get a bit of game time.
“The hard work starts for us now. It’s not just a case of being happy to be selected, it’s now about working hard and aiming for starting jerseys.
“To play in the first Test is the goal now, I’ve become a better players since being part of the last Lions tour.
“Here’s hoping I can get a bit of game time and show what I’ve got and I’ll be doing all I can to make that happen.
“The level of professionalism goes up another notch. The biggest thing I learned from the last tour is the need to be professional 24/7.
“I certainly wasn’t that going into the last tour, but I believe I am now.”
— Stuart W Hogg (@StuartWHOGG_) April 19, 2017
And he is delighted to be touring with winger Seymour, believing he can flourish in the Lions environment.
“Straight after the announcement we were on the phone to each other and I called him an ‘absolute legend’,” Hogg stated.
“He has been unbelievable over the last few years and I was fortunate that when I went to pick him up he was in a coffee shop with Richie Vernon, Finn Russell and Ali Price so it was good to see them.
“I would obviously have loved to have seen other Scottish boys going, but you’ve got to look the squad – and the pressure Warren Gatland has been under to pick it. I wouldn’t like to do it, that’s for sure.
“I think the fact that me and Tommy are going is down to our team mates, whether that’s at Glasgow or Scotland. At Glasgow, we’ve been chasing trophies for the past five years and, with Scotland, we’re ever improving.
“The fact that the ball gets out wide makes us look good. All our team-mates are getting us into good positions and we have to say thanks to them.”
Thanks to David Gibson/FOTOSPORT for the photo of Stuart Hogg
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