Greig Laidlaw (born 12 October 1985) is a Scottish rugby union player. He plays as a scrum-half and as a fly-half for Clermont Auvergne. Laidlaw holds the record for most caps as captain of the Scottish national team, having captained them over 30 times in his career to date. He also represented the British and Irish Lions in 2017.
|Birth name||Greig David Laidlaw|
|Date of birth||12 October 1985|
|Place of birth||Edinburgh, Scotland|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|Weight||80 kg (12 st 8 lb; 176 lb)|
|School||Jedburgh Grammar School|
|Occupation(s)||Professional rugby union player|
|Rugby union career|
Although Laidlaw is a scrum half, he is often used as the first-choice goal kicker by his teams. Laidlaw has scored over 700 points for Scotland in his career and is one of the highest points scorers in rugby union history.
A nephew of Scotland scrum half Roy Laidlaw, he joined Edinburgh in the summer of 2006. His first-team opportunities were limited at first behind Scotland scrum half Mike Blair, but in 2010 he signed a new two-year contract.
His earlier representative rugby included games for Borders under-16 and under-18 as well as Scotland under-18. After stints with the Scotland sevens and under-21 sides, he made his full Scotland debut against New Zealand at Murrayfield in November 2010. In January 2011, he was called up to Scotland's Six Nations squad and, although he did not get any game time, he was retained in Andy Robinson's 40-man squad ahead of the World Cup. He captained Scotland A to wins over the Ireland Wolfhounds and Italy A in early 2011, and then skippered Edinburgh in the Celtic League.
After spending three seasons with English Premiership side Gloucester, Laidlaw would depart Kingsholm at the end of 2016-17 season and join French Top 14 side Clermont Auvergne on a three-year deal.
He became a regular part of the Scotland team during the 2012 Six Nations, following Dan Parks' sudden retirement after the first round of the tournament. He took on the kicking duties, and in his first start against Wales he scored all of Scotland's 13 points, including a try. He remained at fly-half throughout the rest of 2012 at both international and club level, and captained Edinburgh to a semi-final appearance in that year's Heineken Cup.
The 2013 Six Nations saw Ruaridh Jackson recalled to the national side, so Laidlaw was shifted back to scrum-half while still taking Scotland's kicks. He was second-leading scorer of the season with 61 points, behind Wales' Leigh Halfpenny. He was left out of the 2013 Lions squad, instead heading to the South African Quadrangular Tournament with Scotland. He kicked a last-minute conversion against Italy to salvage something from an underwhelming tournament, giving Scotland a 30–29 victory. He continued to captain Edinburgh throughout the 2013–14 season, missing out on a place in the Amlin Challenge Cup on points difference. Laidlaw was also named as the captain of Scotland internationally in 2013, and has since captained the country 31 times, the most of any Scottish player.
Laidlaw missed the 2017 Six Nations Championship due to injury, with flanker John Barclay standing in as captain during Laidlaw's absence. Laidlaw returned to Scotland for the 2018 Six Nations Championship, retaining his place as a regular starter under new coach Gregor Townsend.
With injury to John Barclay, Laidlaw was re-instated as the Scottish Captain during the 2018 end-of-year rugby union internationals.
British and Irish LionsEdit
With this game he became (with his teammate Finn Russell) not only one of the few Scottish players to beat England at home in modern rugby, but also one of the even fewer Scotsmen to beat England twice the same year.
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- "The British & Irish Lions this evening expressed their support for the Youngs family following the announcement that Ben has withdrawn from the squad for family reasons". British and Irish Lions. 6 May 2017. Retrieved 6 May 2017.