Laidlaw can’t wait to skip to Netherdale

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FORMER Jed-Forest scrum half Greig Laidlaw has been named as captain of the Scotland A team for their match against Ireland Wolfhounds at Netherdale tomorrow night (kick-off 7.30pm, admission free).

And the 25-year-old can’t wait to come back to the region to showcase his skills ahead of the 2011 RBS Six Nations tournament.

Speaking to TheSouthern earlier this week, Laidlaw said: “I love coming back to the Borders and hopefully we will have a good vocal support behind us on Friday night.

“We were beaten by the same team last season, but we are a much stronger squad now and have won our last two games at Netherdale.”

Laidlaw signed a new two-year contract with Edinburgh in February last year and made his full Scotland debut in the EMC Autumn Test against New Zealand at Murrayfield in November.

He added: “I am fully fit at the moment so intend to put on the best performance I can.”

Seventeen players, including Hawick’s John Houston and Selkirk’s Lee Jones, have been named in the Scotland A squad along with selected players, including Laidlaw, from the Six Nations Championship squad.

Today, Laidlaw will head up the Scotland A captain’s run which will be open to the public from 4pm.

Weekend action continues on Saturday with a much anticipated Premier Group A clash between Melrose and Hawick at The Greenyards.

The hosts will be playing off the back of a British and Irish Cup victory against Nottingham, but have no illusions about what awaits them on Saturday.

“Make no mistake, as enjoyable as the last month has been, this week’s fixture against our Border rivals is the most important game we have played for a while,” said Melrose president Mike Dalgetty.

“They will arrive at the Greenyards even more fired up in their efforts to knock us off the top of the Premiership. It is a huge game that will require us to be at our best.”

The fight for promotion continues in Premier B when Gala take on Edinburgh Accies at Netherdale while Peebles and Selkirk travel to play Aberdeen and Watsonians respectively.

In Group C Kelso are at home to Stewart’s Melville and Jed travel to play Biggar.