Stuart Hogg comes out of retirement as new team confirmed

Stuart Hogg has been working as a TV pundit
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Stuart Hogg has made a retirement U-turn and will return to play club rugby in France.

The Scotland legend dramatically announced that he was hanging up his boots ahead of the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France, citing a tired body as the reason for calling it a day.

However, in a new twist, the former Exeter Chiefs full-back is set to join French Pro 14 outfit Montpellier.

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It has also been revealed that Hogg spoke to English and Japanese clubs, but has reportedly chosen Montpellier.

Rumours have been circulating in recent days, but The Telegraph have confirmed the news, and Hogg is expected to fly out in the coming days.

The Scotsman will sign for the French club in July, and will join as a medical joker. 'Medical joker' is a term defined as a player that is signed on the basis that they will provide injury cover.

Anthony Bouthier, who has eight caps for France, has suffered an injury which will keep him out until 2025 - meaning that Hogg comes in as his direct replacement.

Montpellier have already signed England star Billy Vunipola ahead of the new season, but they may face relegation from France's elite division if they are not careful.

Montpellier will come up against the runners-up of the Pro D2 later this month, in a match to decide who gets to play in the Pro 14 next year. Wales international Sam Davies, who plays for Grenoble, has made it to the Pro D2 play-off final against Vannes on Saturday.

Scotland's record try-scorer is facing a trial in July after pleading not guilty to a domestic charge of acting in an abusive manner towards the mother of his four children. He has also denied a charge of stalking.