There is a rich rugby tradition in the Laidlaw family, and scrum half Greig is the next international off the family‘s famous conveyor belt, following his legendary uncle, Roy Laidlaw. Laidlaw made his New Zealand debut off the bench against New Zealand in 2010, replacing team mate Mike Blair.
Laidlaw’s natural position is scrum half, but he has often covered the fly half position and kicking duties for both club and country.
He marked his first Scotland start in style, scoring all of Scotland’s 13 points, try, conversion and two penalties, in their 2012 Six Nations defeat against Wales. Like so many of his team mates, he has also represented Scotland at 7’s, winning eight caps, including appearances at the 2008 Edinburgh Sevens tournament.
Prior to joining Edinburgh, Laidlaw played for Jed-Forest. He made his professional club debut in 26 in a league game against Leinster. The 30-year-old, who has also represented Scotland at A and U-21 level, has, to date, won 31 Scotland caps. After 7 seasons at Murrayfield, Laidlaw moved onto new pastures when he joined Gloucester for the 2014/15 Premiership season.
In July 2016, Laidlaw was appointed as the captain of Gloucester for the 2016/17 season.
In October 2016, Laidlaw revealed he will be joining Clermont Auvergne next season when his contract expired from Gloucester. He won the European Challenge Cup with Gloucester against Edinburgh at Twickenham in 2015.
The Scotland captain has won 58 caps to date; Laidlaw guided Scotland to a dramatic late victory over Argentina in Murrayfield, scoring a stoppage time penalty to provide the win.
In February 2017, Laidlaw helped Scotland to beat Ireland in Murrayfield in the Six Nations scoring 12 points before injury ruled him out of the remainder of the tournament.
On May 6th 2017, Laidlaw was called up the British & Irish Lions squad to replace Ben Youngs who withdrew from the tour due to family reasons.
He has been added to the Scotland's squad that will compete at the 2018 Six Nations tournament.
Ahead of the 2019 Six Nations, Laidlaw has 66 test caps and has been named as Captain.
(LS January 24, 2018)
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