Stuart Hogg in ‘advanced talks’ with Montpellier

The 31-year-old will provide full-back cover at Montpellier for France international Anthony Bouthier, who ruptured a cruciate ligament in early May.

Stuart Hogg is apparently in talks about a shock return to rugby with Montpellier. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Stuart Hogg is apparently in talks about a shock return to rugby with Montpellier. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

STUART HOGG is in “advanced talks” with Montpellier about the prospect of coming out of retirement to play for the French Top 14 side next season, according to Midi Olympique and The Telegraph newspapers.

The 31-year-old has not played any rugby since Exeter Chiefs’ Champions Cup semi-final defeat against La Rochelle last year, having announced his immediate retirement from the game early on during Scotland’s World Cup training camp last July.

“I fought with everything I had to make the Rugby World Cup but this time my body has not been able to do the things I wanted and needed it to do,” he said at the time. “We knew this day would come eventually, I just never thought it would be this soon.


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Hogg has previously suggested that he fancied lacing up his boots again to play for hometown club Hawick, where his brother Graham is interim head coach, but quickly back-tracked on that idea. He has also reportedly discussed the possibility of playing for Newcastle Falcons next season, but that appears to have come to nothing.

If the deal is formalised, Hogg will provide full-back cover at Montpellier for France international Anthony Bouthier, who ruptured a cruciate ligament in early May.

Montpellier were French Top 14 champions as recently as 2022, but are certain to finish second-bottom of the table this season meaning they face a relegation play-off against the runner-up of the Pro D2 in order to retain top flight status.

The former Scotland captain and three-time British and Irish Lions tourist appeared in court at the start of last month charged with acting in an abusive manner towards his estranged wife, having been arrested outside a house in Hawick in February. Hogg pleaded not guilty and was ordered to stay away from her ahead of a trial beginning at the end of July.


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