Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw retires

Rugby

Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw has announced his international retirement, Scottish Rugby said on Thursday.

He follows winger Tommy Seymour and former captain John Barclay in retiring after the Rugby World Cup in Japan, where Scotland crashed out at the pool stage.

Clermont Auvergne scrumhalf Laidlaw, 34, led Scotland 39 times, more than any other player, and won 76 caps. He is second on the all-time points list for the country with 714.

“To say I will never again stand in the tunnel, filled with nerves, alongside my rugby family and lead my teammates out on to the pitch at Murrayfield, is incredibly hard,” Laidlaw said in a statement.

“While my body and heart could continue playing, my head tells me that it’s time to let the team rebuild.

“In terms of where Scotland is now, they are in a position to spring forward and I cannot wait to give them my full support from the stands.”

He made his first appearance for Scotland in 2010 against New Zealand, becoming captain in 2013.

Laidlaw was part of the 2017 British and Irish Lions team that travelled to New Zealand.

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