Stuart Hogg pulls off a stunning career U-turn and returns to the game 11 months after his shock retirement

STUART HOGG is about to complete a stunning U-turn by returning to rugby.

Hogg, who retired just before the World Cup, said at the time that his body was broken when he hung up his boots.

Hogg in Six Nations action against France before announcing his retirement ahead of the 2023 Rugby World CupCredit: Getty
The former Scotland captain was smuggled out of court in his parents’ car last month after he denied abusing and stalking his estranged wifeCredit: Andrew Barr

Now the former Glasgow and Exeter full-back has been lured out of retirement by Montpellier.

The French team is in danger of being relegated to the second division, but is still keen to use Hogg as medical cover for Anthony Bouvier, who is injured until next year.

Hogg – who turns 32 this month – has been linked with moves to hometown club Hawick and Newcastle Falcons, as well as teams in Japan, but will now head to the south of France to kick-start his career.

He is expected to sign a contract next month, ahead of the new season.

Hogg earned 100 caps for Scotland, including starting in a heartbreaking World Cup semi-final defeat to Australia.

He made 180 career appearances over an impressive 13-year career.

Now, 11 months after retiring from the sport, he appears ready to lace up the boots again.

The former British and Irish Lion has also endured difficulties in his personal life over the past 12 months, which has seen him spend time in rehab.

Scotland’s all-time leading try-scorer appeared in court last month accused of abuse towards his estranged wife Gill.

Hogg pleaded not guilty and will be tried next month.

Stuart Hogg takes on TikToker Ruck star Lizzie in a rugby ball grab challenge on BBC’s Six Nations Sin Bin

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