Scotland's Laidlaw puts Lions snub behind him
Scotland scrum-half Greig Laidlaw insists he is over the pain of his British and Irish Lions snub.
Last Updated: 03/06/13 10:58am
The Edinburgh number nine felt he contributed the best rugby of his career during this year's RBS 6 Nations as his steady goal-kicking kept the Scots competitive when they found themselves under pressure.
But while team-mates Sean Maitland, Stuart Hogg and Richie Gray were lining up for the Lions in their opening tour match with a 59-8 victory against the Barbarians in Hong Kong yesterday, Laidlaw was left behind by coach Warren Gatland.
Instead of looking forward to three Tests against Australia, the 27-year-old was settling into Scotland's Durban base ahead of a four-team tournament in South Africa.
But Laidlaw insists he is not bitter, saying: "Of course I wanted to go. It was their decision, I'm over it now and focusing on Scotland.
"I was happy with how I played during the Six Nations. They didn't want to take me and I can live with that.
"I played the best rugby of my career during the championships. We finished third and I was very happy with that. I was happy with my form, now I'm just hoping to push on with this summer tour."
Scotland flew out to South Africa last week and begin their schedule against Samoa in Durban on Saturday.