A forearm fracture to new Scotland skipper Grant Gilchrist means former Jed-Forest scrum half Greig Laidlaw, now playing for Gloucester, gets the honour this weekend.
Laidlaw will lead his country into this Saturday’s Autumn Test match against Argentina at Murrayfield (kick-off 5.30pm).
The 31-times capped Borderer said: “It’s a great honour and I’m very excited.
“It’s very important that we get across some of the new stuff we have done in training and spread the ball about a bit more.”
And Laidlaw said he was looking forward to see how new coach Vern Cotter’s system will improve play.
He said: “That’s what rugby is all about for me, playing what is in front of you. And speed of ball is key, especially in international rugby.”
Cotter said: “Greig offers us a bit of continuity, having captained the side on the summer tour.
“He’s been playing well for Gloucester and I think he deserves this selection.
“He offers us a combination of good tactical nous and good leadership.
“He’s got experience, he reads the game and communicates well with his teammates, so his appointment is due to a combination of factors.”
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