Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg has been announced as the 2017 Six Nations Player of the Championship, his second time receiving the award in as many years.
Far and away Scotland’s most consistent and influential player, the 24-year-old was his usual attacking self, helping put title hopefuls Ireland to the sword on the opening day of the championships.
Following the public vote on the official Six Nations website, it is clear that Hogg captured the imaginations of fans, who came out in droves to endorse the Scot ahead of the likes of England’s Joe Launchbury, Ireland’s CJ Stander and France’s Louis Picamoles.
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Speaking via the Six Nations website, Hogg revealed his happiness at winning the prestigious award for the second year running.
“To receive this award again is an absolute honour, particularly when you take other players on the shortlist into account.”
Looking ahead now to the announcement of the British and Irish Lions squad next month, Hogg will now certainly be considered the favourite to secure the No.15 jersey ahead of the likes of Mike Brown, Leigh Halfpenny and Rob Kearney.
If anyone is in any doubt over Hogg’s credentials for the title, check this out.
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