Laidlaw is new Edinburgh skipper

Scotland's Greig Laidlaw (right) in action against New Zealand

Scotland's Greig Laidlaw (right) in action against New Zealand

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FORMER Jed-Forest scrum half Greig Laidlaw, who many have predicted will be included in the Scotland World Cup party to New Zealand, has been given a boost by being named as captain of Edinburgh Rugby.

Former Gala back row forward Roddy Grant has been named as his vice-captain.

Laidlaw, who has won two caps for Scotland so far at scrum half, has also been playing at fly half and as a quality goal kicker, and has illustrated that his versatility is a huge asset to any team he plays in.

He is no stranger to the captain’s role either – he skippered Scotland A at Netherdale last season.

“It’s a great honour to be named captain of Edinburgh,” he said. “I enjoy leading from the front and the six years at the club has made me who I am.”

New Edinburgh coach Mike Bradley has been very impressed with the popular Borderer, who is, of course, the nephew of Roy Laidlaw.

“He is a quality player who reflects key values that I want to see at Edinburgh,” explained Bradley.

“He is a great leader and has won respect of everyone. I am sure the professionalism Greig and Roddy bring to the club will help Edinburgh grow and prosper.”

Laidlaw, 25, was the players’ player of the season last season at Edinburgh, who include many Borders players in the squad.

Selkirk’s Lee Jones is just one from a list which includes Chris Paterson, Ross Ford and Geoff Cross.