HOGG SET TO JOIN 100 CLUB
It will be a proud moment for the 30-year-old Scotland international, who joined the northeasterners from Edinburgh in the summer of 2010.
And Hogg is relishing the occasion against a club that harbours ambitions of lifting the Premiership trophy come what May.
“To be making my 100th appearance at Kingston Park against a club like Harlequins fills me with immense pride, and I can’t wait to get out there and hopefully get a result,” said the 48-times capped Scot.
“A few family members will be travelling down for the game, and Sunday’s game will be a massive test for us,” he added.
Reaching the magic milestone is testament to Hogg’s commitment, with the Stirling-born forward pledging his future to the club by signing a three-year deal in March 2012. At that time the Falcons had an uncertain future in English rugby’s top-flight, and after relegation to the Championship the No.8 stuck by the club as Newcastle made an immediate return to the Premiership.
“We had to take our medicine following our relegation to the Championship, and we had to rebuild,” said Hogg.
He added: “We just didn’t perform in the Premiership and we deserved to be relegated, but I think it’s done the club good as it gave us time to get things in order.
“I’ve seen quite a lot of change at the club during my time here, particularly within the coaching set-up but things have gone from strength-to-strength under Dean Richards.”
With Richards at the helm the culture of the club has changed dramatically with Hogg adding: “The boys are pushing each other and there is real competition for places throughout the whole squad which is healthy.
“You’ve got to play well week in and week out in order to be picked for the next game, and if you don’t do that then there is someone else to come in and take your place.”
You can read more from Hogg in your official match day programme on Sunday.
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