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Laidlaw lines up memorable Gloucester farewell


Scotland scrum-half Greig Laidlaw will play his last game for Gloucester in the European Rugby Challenge Cup Final at BT Murrayfield next month.

The 31-year-old made a timely return for his club in Saturday’s semi-final win over La Rochelle, where the Cherry and Whites became the first team to beat the TOP14 leaders at Stade Marcel-Deflandre this season.

The win confirmed Gloucester’s trip to face Stade Francais Paris on Friday, 12 May in Edinburgh, where Laidlaw has earned 33 of his 58 Scotland caps to date and spent eight seasons – three as captain – at Edinburgh Rugby (2006-2014).

Laidlaw, who was playing his first game back after damaging ankle ligaments against France in Paris in the RBS Six Nations, said: “It would be brilliant to finish my Gloucester career in Edinburgh on a high.

“I love playing at BT Murrayfield for Scotland – the recent win over Ireland was one of my most memorable games in the Scotland shirt – so it would be great to add another in Gloucester colours before I move on. It would be a nice way to finish.”

The Borderer is hoping his side has the backing of the majority of the support in the capital, adding: “The support we get from Gloucester fans is superb. They have been queuing at the ticket office since we beat La Rochelle so I expect we’ll see a few of them in Edinburgh for the final.

“Hopefully, with the Scottish connection to Gloucester through me and many other Scotland players before, we’ll have the backing of the Scottish support as well.”

Laidlaw will join ASM Clermont Auvergne after leaving Gloucester, the French side facing Saracens in the European Rugby Champions Cup Final the following day, 13 May, at the same venue.

There is speculation that he is being lined up as reserve for the forthcoming British Lions tour after missing out on last week’s squad announcement.

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