Greig David Laidlaw is Scotland’s second-highest points scorer (714) and has captained the country more times than anyone else (39). A 2017 British & Irish Lion, the Jedburgh-born scrum-half followed in the footsteps of his uncle Roy who starred for the national team in the 1980s.
He has won 76 caps since a debut against New Zealand in 2010 and a stellar year in 2015, featuring the usual metronomic kicking accuracy and some excellent Rugby World Cup performances, led to a nomination for World Rugby Player of the Year, only the second Scot to achieve such an accolade after Mike Blair.
That 2017 Lions call-up came after recovering from an ankle injury sustained in that year’s away 6 Nations match in Paris, and Laidlaw went on to star in the 2018 championship, scoring 22 points in the home win over France and featuring against England in the Calcutta Cup triumph two weeks later.
Laidlaw played three times in Japan at the 2019 Rugby World Cup, where he passed 100 tournament points in Scotland’s final match against the hosts.
Through the ranks
A product of Jed-Forest, Laidlaw represented Borders’ under-16 and under-18 as well as Scotland under-18, before he made his under-21 international debut as a replacement in the win against Italy in Inverness in February 2005.
Greig embarked on his senior professional rugby career in 2006 when he joined Edinburgh Rugby from Jed-Forest, after two years in the Scotland under-21 team.
His first appearance was as a replacement in the Magners League victory against Leinster at BT Murrayfield in September 2006, and his first start for the professional team was against Cardiff Blues the following November, also at home in Edinburgh.
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.
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.
Date of birth: 12/10/85
Scotland Debut: March 2012
Place of birth: Edinburgh
2017 to present
2014 to 2017
2007 to 2014
Italy, Ireland, France, Wales (replacement), England (replacement), France(3), Georgia, Ireland(2), Samoa, Japan
Wales (replacement), France, England, Ireland, Italy, Fiji, South Africa, Argentina
England, Wales, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Australia, Argentina, Georgia
France, Wales, Italy, England, Ireland, Italy, France, Japan, USA (replacement), South Africa, Samoa, USA
Ireland, England, Italy, France, Wales, USA, Canada, Argentina, New Zealand, Tonga
England, Italy, Ireland, Wales, France, Samoa, South Africa, Italy, Japan, South Africa, USA
England (replacement), Wales, France, Ireland, Italy, USA, Fiji, Samoa, New Zealand, South Africa, Tonga
New Zealand (replacement)