Stuart Hogg warns his Scotland team-mates of a rude awakening against Wales ahead of their Six Nations meeting at the Principality Stadium
- Scotland will take on Wales at the Principality Stadium in the Six Nations
- Stuart Hogg has fired a warning to his team-mates ahead of Saturday’s game
- He believes they’ll be up against it in front of an expectant 74,000 Welsh crowd
Stuart Hogg has warned Scotland they are in for a rude awakening against Wales on Saturday, but believes there is no reason why Gregor Townsend’s side can’t make it two wins from two.
Scotland started their Six Nations campaign with a thrilling Calcutta Cup victory over England. Next up is a trip to Cardiff – a venue where the men in blue haven’t won since 2002.
Captain Hogg led his team to famous away wins over England and France in last year’s Championship, but those games were played in empty stadiums due to the pandemic.
Stuart Hogg has warned his Scottish team-mates about the expectant 74,000 Welsh crowd
A 74,000-strong Principality Stadium crowd will try and help Wales return to winning ways after their 29-7 humbling by Ireland in round one.
‘I’ve told the boys if they’ve not been fortunate enough to play there yet then they’re going to get their eyes opened,’ Hogg said of playing in Cardiff.
‘We went to Twickenham and Stade de France last season where there was nobody watching.
‘It’s completely different now we are going to be playing in one of the most hostile venues in world rugby. It’s one hell of an atmosphere.
‘It’s a completely different challenge for us, but one we are very much looking forward to. As a squad, we’ve gained a huge amount of valuable experience.
Scotland beat England to retain Calcutta Cup and they’ll be eyeing a win against Wales
‘We have been to places where we have been challenged and been on the wrong end of the score, but moving forward that’s probably a good thing to have happened to us.’ Hogg will lead Scotland against Wales 10 years to the day since he made his debut in Cardiff.
‘There have been some highs and lows, but I’ve enjoyed it all. Since Gregor came in, we seem to have been making good progress,’ Hogg said.
‘This Scotland squad is the best I’ve been involved in, both on and off the field, and hopefully we can continue to rise as a team.’