Laidlaw Back For Six Nations
Written by RockSport on January 16, 2018
Experienced scrum-half Greig Laidlaw returns to a 40-man Scotland squad announced for the Six Nations.
Laidlaw, 32, has not played a Test for almost a year and is just returning from a broken leg.
John Barclay retains the captain’s role he took on when Laidlaw was injured during last season’s Six Nations.
Uncapped props Murray McCallum and D’Arcy Rae are included, along with full-back Blair Kinghorn and scrum-half Nathan Fowles.
Head coach Gregor Townsend also recalls Dave Denton, Scott Lawson, Gordon Reid and Jon Welsh after long absences from the international scene.
But there is no room for Josh Strauss, Matt Scott and Tim Visser, while John Hardie is overlooked as he nears the end of a three-month “gross misconduct” ban.
Star full-back Stuart Hogg has not played since sustaining a hip injury during the warm-up for Scotland’s 53-24 win over Australia on 25 November.
Lock Richie Gray has only just resumed action for Toulouse after recovering from a back problem, while Edinburgh centre Mark Bennett returns after missing the autumn series.
The campaign kicks off in Cardiff on 3 February and includes home games against France and defending champions England.
Last year, Scotland finished fourth, level on points with Ireland and France, after three victories, all of which came at Murrayfield.
Edinburgh prop Simon Berghan is suspended for the opening match and several front-row regulars, including Ross Ford, Zander Fagerson, WP Nel and Allan Dell, are missing through injury.