Former Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw has called time on his Test career after nine years. It was suspected that the scrum-half was going to make the World Cup in Japan his swansong and he has now finished alongside team-mates John Barclay and Tommy Seymour.
Since making his debut in 2010, the 34-year-old amassed the second-most points in Scotland’s history – 714 – and captained them in 39 of his 76 caps, a national record.
There has been an impassioned reaction from fans and players since the announcement, as the Clermont scrum-half has been praised for his commitment to Scottish rugby over the years in what has not necessarily been glorious days.
What is abundantly clear is that Laidlaw has been praised for his leadership qualities and dedication to his team. The fact that he started at fly-half for his country when needed is just another sign of this.
Stuart Hogg described him as “a captain that we would happily follow every game because he believed in us all and made our jobs easier.”
Former Scotland international Jim Hamilton also said that he is a “true Scotsman”, while Barclay said he was “undoubtedly one of Scotland’s finest”.