Hogg returns to Rugby in France

Hogg returns to Rugby in France

It was officially confirmed by Montpellier owner Mohed Altrad that former Scotland and British & Irish Lions full-back Stuart Hogg will be coming out of retirement to join Montpellier in the French Top 14 on a two-year contract with the option for a third year.

Hogg, 31, had been facing personal problems ever since walking away from the sport and leaving during the final year of his contract with Exeter Chiefs last summer.

Last month it was reported that he was considering returning to rugby after news broke that Hogg had spoken to Newcastle Falcons about a potential deal, which however never came to fluition.

Scotland’s all-time leading try scorer faces trial in July after pleading not guilty to a domestic charge of acting in an abusive manner towards the mother of his four children.

Hogg, was instrumental in Exeter's Premiership and European Cup double win in 2020 and recently admitted to spending time in rehab and opened talks with Montpellier soon after his trip to Newcastle.

Montpellier confirmed the signing just days after retaining their Top 14 status after narrowly beating Grenoble in a relegation play-off game on Sunday evening.

Hogg first dropped the hint that he was considering coming out of retirement when he said that he would consider a run-out with home town Hawick in the Border League, which could have sparked the Falcons into sounding him out.

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