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Stuart Hogg has been ruled out of the rest of the Lions’ tour of New Zealand after suffering a facial bone fracture.
Lions head coach Warren Gatland will not call up a replacement player at this stage. Hogg picked up the injury as a result of a freak collision with teammate Conor Murray in Saturday’s win over the Crusaders.
“I’m gutted to be leaving the Tour at this stage,” said Hogg.
“It is an honour to have been involved in a second British & Irish Lions tour and I have hugely enjoyed my time with the squad and I’m very excited about the potential of this group.
I’m disappointed to be leaving in this way but wish all the squad the best in the coming weeks and will be cheering them on from home.”
Gatland said it’s hugely disappointing to lose Hogg at this stage of the tour.
“It is hugely disappointing for Stuart to have to return home early and for us to lose one of our touring party,” said Gatland
“Stuart has been a key member of our squad on and off the field and it is disappointing to see injury cut short his time with us in New Zealand.”