Laidlaw - We can win
Edinburgh scrum-half out to eclipse uncle Roy
Last Updated: 11/11/10 11:14am
Laidlaw: Keeping it in the family
Scotland scrum-half Greig Laidlaw is hoping to go one better than his uncle Roy by helping his country to a famous victory over New Zealand on Saturday.
The uncapped Edinburgh No.9 is preparing for his Test debut at Murrayfield, 27 years after Roy Laidlaw featured in Scotland's 25-25 draw with the All Blacks - the only time the Scots have avoided defeat.
They have never beaten the All Blacks in 27 meetings spanning 105 years, but Laidlaw hopes to emulate his uncle in the 28th meeting at Murrayfield on Saturday by emerging unbeaten, possibly even victorious.
"If we could emulate that the whole country would be delighted," the 25-year-old said.
"With the Scotland team we've got at the minute I think we can do that and all the boys in the squad believe we can."
Laidlaw's participation in the matchday squad was confirmed on Wednesday, 24 hours after the team announcement, when Rory Lawson was forced to withdraw.
Laidlaw has been training all week, and with Lawson's contribution limited due to his hand injury, his call up was not a total surprise.
He added: "I had an inkling.
"I'm absolutely delighted. It's a great honour."