STUART HOGG is determined to enjoy a day in the sun at Ibrox after cancelling his summer holiday plans in Greece.
The most exciting talent in Scottish rugby has been catapulted into the sevens squad for the Commonwealth Games.
He is determined to deliver a medal to make up for the controversy of recent months when he became only the third Scottish player in history to be shown a red card.
Hogg was subsequently banned for three weeks for his moment of madness in the 51-3 rout by Wales in the Six Nations and he missed out on the latter stages of Glasgowâs run to the final of the RaboDirect Pro 12 League as he stalled on signing a new contract.
Hogg has now committed his future to the Warriors and is relishing the chance to deliver for Scotland at the Commonwealth Games, which can effectively be viewed as a world championship of sevens.
However, heâs had to call on the goodwill of his girlfriend, Gillian, after she was forced to change their holiday plans because he was called up when wing Tommy Seymour pulled out with injury.
Hogg said: âI would usually be on holiday this time of the year and was supposed to fly out to Greece on Tuesday. We were just about to book then I had to call Gillian and tell her the holiday would have to be delayed.
âGillian has the holiday sorted now and weâll go after the Commonwealth Games but it was an easy choice to make when the opportunity to play for Scotland in the sevens came up.
âI have set the aim of winning a medal and obviously we would like to win the whole thing. What better way to start than against the reigning champions, New Zealand?â
This time last year Hogg was on tour Down Under with the British and Irish Lions and he admits he has had some learning to do in the past seven days to pick up the pieces of the sevens game.
He said: âLast time I played sevens was for Hawick in 2010. Although I have never played sevens professionally, where better to learn than the Commonwealth Games?â
As a result of his involvement with the sevens squad, Hogg will miss the first two weeks of the new season with Glasgow.
The SRUâs director of rugby, Scott Johnson, does not want to overwork him with the World Cup in England looming next year.
Hogg said: âJohnno had a wee chat with me and asked if I wanted to play the sevens. I bit his hand off.
âThe crowd at Ibrox will be massive, up to 45,000, and it is an exciting time. We want to put in a performance that makes the whole nation proud.â
Stuart Hogg ditches holiday break to star for Scotland in Commonwealth sevens ...