Laidlaw Ready To Weather Munster Storm

Greig Laidlaw has swapped Californian sunshine for freezing Scottish fog but the skilful scrum-half revealed he is thrilled with the climate change because it means he has got a chance of helping Edinburgh defeat Munster in tonight's Magners League match at Murrayfield (kick off 7.30pm).

The 22-year-old flew back from San Diego on Tuesday after playing a prominent role in Scotland's 7's team progressing through to the quarter finals of the IRB World Series.

And, after recovering from jet lag, the half-back is setting his sights on getting some game-time in the black and red shirt of Edinburgh having been named amongst the replacements for this evening's clash.

Laidlaw said: "I am pleased to be named on the bench and I"m used to the weather being from Scotland. The Sevens is done now and my mind is firmly fixed on Friday night and doing well for Edinburgh."

Laidlaw was drafted into the Scotland squad for the 7's tournaments in both Wellington and San Diego and responded with four tries; a statistic he admits he was very proud.

He added: "It was a new challenge for me; it was the first time I"ve played for the Scotland 7's team. Wellington was an awesome tournament with the fans and the way it is all set-up; it was just incredible.

'san Diego was a little bit different because it was staged in a baseball stadium. Overall, we got to the Cup quarter-finals in both competitions.

"But we were a bit disappointed not to progress, especially in San Diego where we should have beaten Samoa.

"I scored four tries; three in Wellington and one in San Diego. I felt I coped pretty well and I enjoyed myself " it was a good experience."

As the nephew of legendary Scotland scrum half Roy, Laidlaw isn't the first member of his family tree to deliver the goods in the dark blue jersey of the national team.

But the diminutive number nine, who plays his club rugby for Edinburgh Accies, revealed he sought advice from his cousin, former Scotland 7's player Clark.

He said: "My cousin Clark also played for Scotland 7's and I spoke to him about it. He told me what it was like which was helpful."

The last time Laidlaw featured at The Castle was back in October when he came on as a replacement for Ben Meyer during the home defeat at the hands of the Dragons.

But Laidlaw acknowledges that first team starts have been rare, largely because of the world-class form of first choice scrum half Mike Blair.

He said: 'to be honest, it has been difficult to play first team rugby because Mike has been playing so well " he is one of the best scrum-halves about at the minute.

"But it is good to learn off him in training. I know that when I do get an opportunity to play then I have to take my chance and show what I"ve got.

"Playing for Accies has helped me because I was playing regular rugby and now after the Sevens I feel pretty sharp."