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31st May 2017

Stuart Hogg reveals hardest tackler in Lions squad and of course he’s bloody Irish

Never in doubt

Patrick McCarry

We all know CJ Stander is an out-and-out demon for carrying the ball.

Danny Cipriani certainly knows all about it:

But the man can also heave himself into tackles. Just ask Stuart Hogg.

The Glasgow and Scotland fullback was – along with Conor Murray and Elliott Daly taking part in a ‘Smoothing Things Over’ video for Lions sponsors Whyte & Mackay when he was asked who the hardest tackler in the 2017 Lions squad was.

He took a glance at Murray beside him and joked, “Not you anyway!”. Hogg continued:

“CJ Stander, actually. I ran into him a couple of times and I came off second best.”

Stander, of course, was born and raised on South Africa’s Western Cape but he is now a fully fledged Irish international and was recently made an honorary ambassador to Limerick, his home for the past five years.

The full video is definitely worth a watch, with Murray and former Wales and Lions prop Adam Jones showing off the comedic flair.

Jones talks about sharing a hotel with old England foe Andrew Sheridan on the 2009 Lions Tour while Murray is more than honest when asked if he felt sorry for denying the English a Grand Slam on the last day of this year’s Six Nations.

In fact, there’s a lot of slagging about England.

Let’s hope Stander, Hogg, Murray and Daly can all team up to great success in New Zealand this summer.

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