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Big boost for Glasgow as Stuart Hogg to make first appearance of season against Leinster

The Scottish fullback hasn’t played since the Lions tour.

Hogg will be involved in some capacity on Saturday.
Hogg will be involved in some capacity on Saturday.
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STUART HOGG WILL make his first appearance of the season when Glasgow Warriors host Leinster in the Champions Cup on Saturday.

The 25-year-old fullback hasn’t played since a facial injury curtailed his involvement in the Lions tour, while he also underwent surgery on a long-standing shoulder issue during the summer.

However, Hogg has now returned to full fitness and Glasgow assistant coach Jason O’Halloran today confirmed the Scottish international would return for the make-or-break visit of Leinster.

“Stuart was running around today and he was close to being selected against Exeter so I’m sure he’ll be some part of the 23,” he said.

“Whether he’s starting or off the bench is yet to be determined.”

After losing their opening Pool 4 clash to Exeter, Saturday’s game at Scotstoun is already a must-win for Glasgow as they look to keep their campaign alive.

“We’re in a position now where we need to win desperately after getting no points out of the first away game,” O’Halloran added. “We need to put our best team out there possible.

“We were under pressure leading into the Munster game after a pretty poor performance against Cardiff. The boys really reacted well to that. We were highly physical that night and that was probably the most accurate performance we’ve had.

“We’re coming off a loss, we know the magnitude of this game. We know it’s at home in front of a pretty expectant home crowd. Hopefully with all those factors put together we’ll approach the game in the right frame of mind and we’ll see a really physical, committed and accurate Glasgow side.”

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