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I still want to play scrum-half – Laidlaw

Guinness PRO12 Editor

26 Jul 2012

Fly-half Greig Laidlaw kicked 16 points on the night to give Edinburgh a crucial PRO12 win

Edinburgh captain Greig Laidlaw admits he’s still not convinced about where his best position lies and is intent on keeping his eye in at both fly-half and scrum-half this season.


Laidlaw started last season at number nine but his switch out one position kick-started Edinburgh’s Heineken Cup-run to the semi-finals.

The 26-year-old starred from fly-half against Toulouse at Murrayfield, scoring 14 points in a 19-14 win, and he ended the RaboDirect PRO12 season in the position as well.

Having been thrown the Scottish number ten jersey for the bulk of the Six Nations after Dan Parks’ retirement, Laidlaw also took on the role for the summer tour, helping his country to three wins against Australia, Samoa and Fiji.

But as the nephew of legendary Scottish scrum-half Roy Laidlaw, and having played at number nine for the majority of his career, Laidlaw insists he’s not ready to give up on his original position.

“I don’t have the answer at the minute,” Laidlaw told the Scotsman. “I still stick to my guns and say I feel able to play in both positions.

“Ultimately, Michael (Bradley, Edinburgh head coach) is looking at me as a stand-off this season, which is fine, but I will be asking him for some run-outs at number nine as well.

“It’s something I have thought about and I don’t know how it will go down but I will be round to his office gently reminding him that I can play nine.”