Greig David Laidlaw, a nephew of Scotland’s legendary scrum half, Roy Laidlaw, is now fifth on Scotland's all-time points list, topping the 200 mark with a 15 points contribution to Scotland's 42-17 win against Japan in the opening viagogo Autumn Test of 2013. He captained Scotland for the third time - and first at Murrayfield - the following week against South Africa.He won his first cap for Scotland as a replacement for his injured Edinburgh team-mate, Mike Blair, in the opening EMC Autumn Test against New Zealand at Murrayfield in November 2010. Greig joined Edinburgh Rugby in summer 2006 from Jed-Forest after two years in the Scotland under-21 team.
He marked his first start for Scotland with a try, conversion and two penalties in the 13-27 loss to Wales at the Millennium Stadium in February 2012. In the historic 9-6 victory over Australia in New South Wales in 2012, he kicked all Scotland's points. His injury-time conversion ensured victory over Samoa and a three-from-three clean sweep over the southern hemisphere nations on that summer's tour. On the 2013 summer tour Laidlaw became Scotland's 113th Test match captain, replacing the injured Kelly Brown for the Tests against South Africa and Italy. Against the latter his injury time conversion of Alasdair Strokosch's try ensured a winning end to the season.
In January 2008 he was called into the Scotland sevens squad for the first time for the IRB tournaments the following month in Wellington (New Zealand) and San Diego (USA), and he continued in the Hong Kong, Adelaide (Australia), London and Edinburgh tournaments. A week after the Australian tournament he played for the Scottish Thistles who won the Melrose club’s 125th anniversary sevens. He marked his international sevens debut with a try in the win against Tonga in Scotland’s opening match in Wellington.
Immediately after the 2008 Edinburgh sevens tournament he crossed the Atlantic with the Scotland A squad for the Barclays Churchill Cup in Canada, making his debut as scrum half in the win against Argentina. He had further Scotland A appearances as a replacement against Ireland and Italy in February 2009. He was back in the sevens squad in May 2009 for the IRB’s Twickenham and Murrayfield tournaments.
Six months later he won the man-of-the-match award as a try-scorer in Scotland A’s win against Tonga by 38-7 at Netherdale, Galashiels. In 2010 Greig was named in the Scotland sevens squad and appeared for Scotland A against both Ireland A and Italy A. Greig was honoured to be named captain in the latter of these fixtures. In the summer of 2010 he added three more appearances for Scotland A against Georgia, Namibia and the Argentine Jaguars during the IRB Nations Cup. He captained the A team to victory over Ireland Wolfhounds and Italy A at Netherdale in the early part of 2011.
Greig’s first appearance for Edinburgh was as a replacement in the Magners League victory against Leinster at Murrayfield in September 2006, and his first start for the professional team was against Cardiff Blues the following November, also at Murrayfield. Greig made his under-21 international debut as a replacement in the win against Italy in Inverness in February 2005.
He subsequently played in the under-21 world championship in Mendoza, Argentina, and he was first-choice scrum half throughout the 2006 under-21 six nations championship and the world championship in France, where he scored a try in each of two successive matches against Georgia and Fiji.
His earlier representative rugby included games for Borders’ under-16 and under-18 as well as Scotland under-18.