“That’s my modelling career over”: Hogg’s summer tour could be finished

Stuart Hogg’s Saturday evening lasted just 20 minutes, as the Scot collided with scrum-half Conor Murray; in what was an unlucky collision, the knock Hogg took to his head could rule him out for the rest of the summer, as the Lions camp wait for the results on the 24-year-old’s injury. 

Following the gash to Hogg’s eye, he failed a head injury assessment from the resultant deep cut which is likely to see the full-back fail more concussion checks. If Hogg is sent home, the Scot will be the first Lions player to exit the tour through injury; this will free up a room next to Murray as the Irishman is currently rooming with Hogg.

However, it’s not expected that another player will be called up to the squad, as Jared Payne is starting at 15 on Tuesday against the Highlanders which will add to the cover already provided in the the full-back position.

Murray himself suffered a dislocated finger, but the Lions coaching staff do not expect the minor injury to rule the scrum-half out of any of the up-and-coming tests.

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Elsewhere, captain Sam Warburton has recovered from an ankle injury to skipper the side against the Highlanders this Tuesday; yet the six weeks of game time the Welshman missed before the tour appears to have put the flanker down the pecking order in a race to start the first test.

As a result, the No.7 admits he could miss out on a starting position come the 24th of June.

“I see it as I’m tour captain, and if I’ve made the Test then that would be a bonus for me, but I’ve said there are three Tests to get selected for so it’s not the be-all and end-all with the first one.”

— Sam Warburton

The 12-3 victory over the Crusaders provided some much need encouragement for the Lions, and the Northern Hemisphere side have a right to go into Tuesday’s fixture with added confidence.

We’re sure Warren Gatland will be hoping his players get through the test without picking up and injuries, as much as he’s hoping for a good result.

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