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Hogg grateful for Robinson backing

Stuart Hogg is eager to repay the faith shown in him by Scotland head coach Andy Robinson in Sunday's RBS 6 Nations clash with France.

The 19-year-old full-back 12 months ago made his Glasgow Warriors debut but has swiftly been promoted through the ranks and is set to make his first Test start this weekend against Les Bleus.

Hogg said: "It's great for him (Robinson) to back me and have the confidence in me - it gives me great confidence. I'm going to enjoy it and I'm quietly confident we can do this."

He added: "I've spoken to Andy numerous times and asked him what he wants me to do. He's said I've got the freedom to roam and play. It's massively exciting to be given that role."

Hogg's long-term future may lie at outside centre, but for now he is determined to improve on his showing in Cardiff as full-back against the Rugby World Cup finalists.

"I was nervous, anxious, but I was excited to get a bit of game time," he added of his debut outing. "I was pleased with my performance, but we didn't come away with a win which was what we went down there for.

"We'll put the wrongs right this weekend and hopefully get a win against the French. To get a start and my home debut is simply amazing. We're going to be all guns blazing this weekend. It's a packed-out Murrayfield and I couldn't think of a better place to play."

First and foremost Hogg is determined to get the basics right and he recognises the size of the task which awaits a Scotland side seeking to end a four-match losing streak and claim just a second win over France in the history of the Six Nations.

He added: "They're probably the best counter-attack team in the Six Nations. We can't kick the ball loosely. Our kicking game has got to be spot on.

"They're quick, they're evasive, it's going to be a massive challenge, but a challenge we're looking forward to."

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