Laidlaw to lead Scotland

Date published: November 4 2014

Scotland scrum-half Greig Laidlaw will captain his country in Saturday’s clash with Argentina at Murrayfield, it has been announced.

Scotland scrum-half Greig Laidlaw will lead his country into this Saturday’s international against Argentina at Murrayfield, it’s been announced.

The 31-times capped Borderer takes on the mantle from 24-year-old lock Grant Gilchrist, who was ruled out of the series after fracturing his forearm in Edinburgh’s Challenge Cup win over Lyon, just four days after being handed the honour.

Laidlaw, who skippered Edinburgh for the three seasons before departing for Gloucester, has led Scotland on seven occasions to date, two of which were in Cotter’s first Tests as head coach in the recent summer tour – wins over USA and Canada.

“Obviously we’re disappointed for Grant, who misses the opportunity to captain his country at home on this occasion, however congratulations must now go to Greig who takes on that responsibility for this Saturday’s game,” said Cotter.

“Greig offers us a bit of continuity, having captained the side on the summer tour. He’s been playing well for Gloucester and I think he deserves this selection.

“He offers us a combination of good tactical nous and good leadership.

“He’s got experience, he reads the game and communicates well with his teammates, so his appointment is due to a combination of factors.

“He’s an exceptionally competitive player and everyone respects his desire to win, to drive Scotland forward and perform well.”

Cotter also confirmed that 22-times capped Edinburgh number eight David Denton has been added to the Scotland squad.