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Warrior with Best intentions

Oh how Matt Busby would have loved to have been able to perform genetic surgery on the most gifted talent he nurtured to separate the footballing genius from the self-destructive boozer.

Stuart Hogg: 'I'll play wherever I'm selected'. Picture: SNS
Stuart Hogg: 'I'll play wherever I'm selected'. Picture: SNS

If Stuart Hogg is to be believed, however, evolution has done its work when it comes to George Best's long lost cousins.

"My brother and I have a bit of banter about it, in that I got the skill and he got the alcohol side," reported Hogg, whose kinship with Best was made public after he burst on to the Test rugby scene a year ago.

All just a bit of sibling teasing of course, not least since Hogg's big brother Graham was a decent player himself who played professionally for a while, but then that is the nature of many Scottish families as the country's most shining talent further demonstrated.

"I haven't taken a lot of stick about the George Best thing because it's true," the 20-year-old explained. "The family have regular visits across from Ireland and back and I'm the only one who hasn't been there yet . . . and I'm the reason why we know them. I'm hoping to go over back end of the season. I've met a few of the family that have come across. They're daft to be honest.

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