Greig Laidlaw given Edinburgh Rugby captaincy

Greig Laidlaw
Laidlaw played at stand-off and scrum-half last season for Edinburgh

Edinburgh Rugby head coach Michael Bradley has named scrum-half Greig Laidlaw as club captain for 2011/12.

Laidlaw, 25, was one of Edinburgh's most consistent performers last season, splitting his game time between stand-off and scrum-half.

He won his second cap in Scotland's 10-6 win over Ireland on Saturday and has played 86 times for the capital club since joining form Jed-Forest in 2006.

Last season's captain, Roddy Grant, will assume the role of vice captain.

Laidlaw previously captained Edinburgh on four ocassions last season, in addition to taking the captaincy of Scotland A in their wins over the Ireland Wolfhounds and Italy A earlier this year.

"It's a great honour to be named as captain," said Laidlaw.

"It's a great responsibility and one I'm looking forward to taking on. I certainly like to captain the side by leading by example and will do my talking on the field for Edinburgh Rugby next season.

"This will be my sixth season at the club and I've enjoyed becoming the player I am today. I've enjoyed the hard work and feel that my strength and speed in particular have improved and game management has come on massively.

"A the moment I'm concentrating fully on the Rugby World Cup and working hard to make it to New Zealand so I can showcase what I can do for Scotland and return to Edinburgh as captain.

"It's going to be a tough season, we all know that, but as long as we train hard and play to our abilities we'll do well and I'm looking forward to being part of that."

Edinburgh head coach Michael Bradley said: "Greig, while being a quality player, reflects a number of the key values that I want to see at Edinburgh Rugby.

"He's hard working, leads by example, is constantly looking to improve, is a team player and he has the respect of all of the playing staff, management and supporters."

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