Stuart Hogg feels that “having fun and playing with a smile on your face” is the best way to start off any fledgling rugby career.
With the Glasgow Warriors’ and Scotland star unable to play a full part in the Warriors’ pre-season due to injury, it allowed him to head up to Aberdeen and get involved in one of the club’s CALA Homes summer camps for youngsters earlier this week.
And he believes young rugby fans having fun is what it is all about at an early age – just as he did in Hawick back in the 1990s when he was growing up.
“It has been brilliant up in Aberdeen,” he said.
“All of the kids at the camp have big smiles on the faces, are willing to learn and everyone is having fun so that is the main objective.
“I was rugby mad at their age, absolutely. I loved it growing up in Hawick and everyone played – friends, family, the lot – and that is why I am where I am today.
“The guys in Aberdeen are doing a great job coaching the kids and they are all smiling, but it is hugely important that players like myself come up and see them.
“Some of the best talent could be at these kinds of camps and they could be in Warriors and Scotland jerseys in the years to come.
“I won’t force my kids into playing rugby, but if they would like to come to this sort of camp in the future then great. Archie is pretty daft at the moment, so who knows what will he be like when he is five or six!”
Itching to get back
Meanwhile, Hogg still has a few months on the sidelines left, but already he is “itching to get back” into the fold.
Hogg, 25, returned home from the British & Irish Lions tour of New Zealand prematurely with a face injury and has since had an underlying shoulder issue operated on. The full-back is expected to remain on the sidelines for four to six months.
“I am excited to get back in and see the guys and crack on with pre-season and the rehab,” he stated.
“It is challenging times being injured, but I am just keen to put the hard yards in and get back on the pitch as soon as I can.
“It is great to see what Dave Rennie has done with the Chiefs while Jonathan Humphreys and Jason O’Halloran have already done some great things with Glasgow and I am itching to get back.”
Stuart Hogg is pictured in Aberdeen, photo from the Warriors’ Twitter feed
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