Finn Russell Hogg in Laidlaw shade as Scotland prep for Irish clash

    Finn Russell Hogg in Laidlaw shade as Scotland prep for Irish clash

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    Stuart Hogg has already suffered a case of mistaken identity in Japan but the Scotland star has no trouble recognising the threat facing his side in Sunday’s World Cup opener against Ireland.

    The Exeter full-back is among the biggest names in Gregor Townsend’s squad yet he has found himself in former skipper Grieg Laidlaw’s shade since touching down in the Far East.

    The scrum-half has emerged as an unlikely poster boy for the Scots, with his team-mates left in stitches last week when hundreds of youngsters – as well as dozens of camera crews – flocked to catch a glimpse of the unassuming Borderer during an open training session during their training camp in Nagasaki.

    Their interest stems back to his role as captain when the Dark Blues faced this year’s hosts in their opening game of the 2015 tournament.

    But Hogg’s reputation as one of the game’s most thrilling attackers has apparently failed to stick in the minds of the Japanese public after he was first confused by a fan with stand-off Finn Russell – then more alarmingly with prop WP Nel.

    Hogg – who will earn his 70th cap if he features against Joe Schmidt’s men in Yokohama this wee

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