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Hogg keen to learn from Drico


Stuart Hogg. Picture: Kin Cheung/AP

Stuart Hogg. Picture: Kin Cheung/AP

Stuart Hogg. Picture: Kin Cheung/AP

LIONS rookie Stuart Hogg has revealed his burning desire to learn from veteran Ireland centre Brian O'Driscoll on the current tour of Hong Kong and Australia.

Scotland full-back Hogg is the Lions' youngest player. He does not turn 21 until two days after the first Test in Brisbane.

The Lions experience has already proved an eye-opening one for Hogg and none more so than when four-time Lions tourist O'Driscoll linked up with the squad last weekend.

"Being with the Lions has been a really good experience," Hogg said.

"On Sunday, Brian O'Driscoll turned up and that was pretty unbelievable because he was my hero growing up. I remember that try he scored for the Lions (against Australia) in 2001.

"He is someone to look up to for his attitude on and off the field. He's down-to-earth and I have a lot of respect for that.



"To have the chance to train and play with him is a dream come true. It's quite surreal at times. I'm looking to learn during this whole tour, so it's great to have a guy like that on the trip.

"I'll be looking to learn from Leigh Halfpenny and Rob Kearney in terms of being a 15, but you can learn from everyone."

Hogg is expected to be on the bench for Saturday's tour opener against the Barbarians at Hong Kong Stadium and is relishing getting going.

"The mood is upbeat and positive," he added.

"The Test series is a massive opportunity to create some history. Our expectations down there are to win. We want to pick up as many wins as we can and then the Test series at the end."