Greig Laidlaw

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Greig Laidlaw
Full name Greig David Laidlaw
Date of birth (1985-10-12) 12 October 1985 (age 28)
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 12 st 8 lbs (80 kg)
School Jedburgh Grammar School
Occupation(s) Professional rugby union player
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Scrum-half / Fly-half
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2007–2014
2014–
Edinburgh
Gloucester
138 (608)
correct as of 3 May 2014.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2004–2006
2008–2011
2011-
Scotland U21
Scotland A
Scotland
14
10
31
(0)
(0)
(262)
correct as of 15 June 2014.
Sevens national teams
Years Club / team Comps
2008–2010 Scotland 8 (0)

Greig Laidlaw (born 12 October 1985) is a Scottish International rugby scrum-half and out half, currently with Gloucester.

Nephew of Scotland’s legendary scrum half, Roy Laidlaw,[1] he joined Edinburgh in the summer of 2006 and signed a new two-year contract in February 2010. His first-team opportunities were limited at Edinburgh behind Scotland scrum-half Mike Blair, but in 2010 he signed a new two-year deal with the Scottish side.

His earlier representative rugby included games for Borders’ under-16 and under-18 as well as the Scotland under-18. After stint 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 Magners League.

Greig finally became a regular piece in the national side during the 2012 Six Nations, following Dan Parks' sudden retirement after the first round of the tournament. As such, he took on the kicking duties, and his first start against Wales he scored all of Scotland's 13 points, including a try.[2] 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 be 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 only Wales' Leigh Halfpenny.[3] He was left out of the Lions tour, instead heading to the South African Quadrangular Tournament. 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.

On 4 March, 2014 it was announced that Laidlaw would depart Murrayfield at the end of the current season and join Aviva Premiership side Gloucester.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Turnbull, Simon (13 October 2012). "Greig Laidlaw: Thirsty for more Heineken". The Independent (London). 
  2. ^ Palmer, Bryn (12 February 2012). "Greig Laidlaw: Six Nations: Wales 27-13 Scotland". 
  3. ^ "Statbunker 2013 Six Nations Leading Scorers". 
  4. ^ "Edinburgh and Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw seals Gloucester move". Sky Sports. 4 March 2014. 

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