Saturday 19 August 2017

'My sight is a lot more important than rugby' - Stuart Hogg on the emotional decision to leave the Lions

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 10: Stuart Hogg of the Lions lies on the pitch during the match between the Crusaders and the British & Irish Lions at AMI Stadium on June 10, 2017 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)
CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 10: Stuart Hogg of the Lions lies on the pitch during the match between the Crusaders and the British & Irish Lions at AMI Stadium on June 10, 2017 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)
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Stuart Hogg has revealed that he has cried 'several times' since his Lions tour was ended by a fractured eye socket.

The Scottish fullback was injured in a freak accident during last Saturday's 12-3 win over the Crusaders, running into Conor Murray's elbow during a kick chase.

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The fracture was subsequently confirmed and it was decided that Hogg should return home.

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Speaking in The Telegraph, Hogg said that his eyesight could have been at risk if he received another bang, but that it was still a tortuous decision to make.

"When I first got the news that I had suffered a facial fracture and had to come home, I cried," Hogg said.

"I have done several times since then, too. It is tough, really tough, to take.

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"The advice, though, was that I could risk my sight if I received another bang. My eye socket is fractured and the medical advice was unanimous. We got three opinions from specialists and they all said I should not play on.

"I am not going to argue with them. I have to look at the long-term. My sight is a hell of a lot more important than rugby."

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