Greig Laidlaw rugby player
Greig Laidlaw rugby player

Greig Laidlaw

12th Oct 1985 1.74m/78kg Scrum Half

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.

His 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 teammates, 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 scrum-half, who has also represented Scotland at A and U-21 level, has, to date, won 76 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, he revealed he will be joining Clermont Auvergne the following season when his contract expired from Gloucester. He won the European Challenge Cup with Gloucester against Edinburgh at Twickenham in 2015.

Laidlaw guided Scotland to a dramatic late victory over Argentina in Murrayfield, scoring a stoppage-time penalty to provide the win.

In February 2017, he 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 was added to the Scotland's squad that competed at the 2018 Six Nations tournament.

He started the 2019 Six Nations having made 66 test caps and was named as Captain.

As Scotland's second all-time points scorer (714), Laidlaw announced his international retirement in December 2019 having captained Scotland more than any other player (39 of his 76 appearances).

Career

scotland Scotland
Scrum Half
2011 - present
Jed-Forest RFC logo Jed-Forest RFC
Fly Half
R2fRSPlg British & Irish Lions
Scrum Half
2017 - present
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Scrum Half
2017 - present
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Fly Half
2007 - 2014
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Fly Half
2014 - 2017
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Scrum Half
2018 - 2018