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Hogg 'sorry' for sending off

Scotland star Stuart Hogg has issued a public apology following his sending off in the record RBS 6 Nations defeat against Wales.

Hogg was dismissed in the 22nd minute by French referee Jerome Garces for a late shoulder-led hit on Wales fly-half Dan Biggar.

Garces initially showed full-back Hogg a yellow card, but he changed it to red after viewing replays of the incident on the Millennium Stadium big screens.

Scotland had already lost their captain Kelly Brown through injury, and they subsided to a 51-3 reversal - their heaviest loss to Wales - as the home side ran in seven tries.

Hogg became only the third Scotland international to be sent off in a Test match after Nathan Hines against the USA in 2002 and Scott Murray against Wales four years later.

In a statement posted on the official Scottish Rugby Union website, Hogg expressed deep remorse for his actions.

"I would like to apologise to my team-mates, the Scotland management and all Scotland supporters for what happened today. I have let people down," Hogg said.

"I have said sorry in person to Dan Biggar and I have apologised to the referee Jerome Garces.

"I always try to play hard and fair, and what happened today was out of character for me.

"Once again, I am very sorry."

Hogg will now face a disciplinary hearing, with the prospect of a ban for his foul play.