Guinness Six Nations
Price is right as Laidlaw dropped for Wales clash
Greig Laidlaw has been benched for the visit of Wales (pic: SNS Group)
Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw has been dropped by Gregor Townsend for the Guinness Six Nations meeting with Wales on Saturday.
Insisting that the move was more for tactical reasons than a reflection of the scrum-half’s form, the head coach has turned to Glasgow Warriors’ Ali Price for the Murrayfield clash.
“First and foremost, we select a team we believe gives us the best chance of winning at the weekend,” Townsend said. “We also have an opportunity to reward players who have been in very good form and have been knocking at the door in recent weeks – Darcy Graham and Ali Price especially.
“Greig, having started in our last six games, is a key member of our squad, although this week we have decided to utilise his leadership and experience off the bench.
“He is driven by a desire to win for his country and he should have an important role to play in the latter stages of the match at the weekend.”
Edinburgh’s Stuart McInally will captain the Scots in Laidlaw’s absence.
The 33-year-old’s omission is one of four changes to the team, with Finn Russell, Hamish Watson and WP Nel also back in the fray.
Tommy Seymour and lock Jonny Gray will both win their 50th caps for their country against the Welsh as Scotland look for a morale-boosting win against their Grand Slam-chasing opponents.
Scotland: 15 Blair Kinghorn, 14 Tommy Seymour, 13 Nick Grigg, 12 Peter Horne, 11 Darcy Graham, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Ali Price; 1 Allan Dell, 2 Stuart McInally (capt), 3 Willem Nel, 4 Grant Gilchrist (vice-capt), 5 Jonny Gray, 6 Magnus Bradbury, 7 Jamie Ritchie, 8 Josh Strauss.
Replacements: 16 Fraser Brown, 17 Gordon Reid, 18 Simon Berghan, 19 Ben Toolis, 20 Hamish Watson, 21 Greig Laidlaw, 22 Adam Hastings, 23 Byron McGuigan.