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Greig Laidlaw Called up to Lions Squad

Scottish fans able to find some consolation as Greig Laidlaw will now be a British and Irish Lions.

Many Scottish fans were disappointed by the lack of representatives in the British and Irish Lions. On Saturday, it was announced that Greig Laidlaw would, in fact, be touring with the Lions this summer in New Zealand.

Ben Youngs withdrew for personal reasons.

Ben Youngs informed Warren Gatland on Saturday that he would not be touring with the Lions this summer. The reason was to spend time with his brother and his wife. Tom Young’s wife has been battling cancer for three years, and the diagnosis was revealed to be terminal.

“The most important thing for me at this difficult time is to be able to offer as much support as I can to Tom and his family in the remaining time we all have together.”Express

Ben and Tom are both very close, having grown up on their family farm in Norfolk. Ben made the great decision that family comes first before rugby. This was an amazing decision, and although difficult, ultimately the correct one. It is good to see that the professional era of rugby has not dampened the reality of life for some players. Ben Young was a member of the 2013 Lions Tour that successfully defeated Australia 2-1. Everyone wishes the best the Young family the best through this very difficult time.

Greig Laidlaw is now on the plane.

Within hours of the announcement of Ben Youngs withdrawing, Greig Laidlaw was announced as his replacement.

It was rumored that Laidlaw was one of two Scottish players that would be the first pick if anyone was unable to play. Greig Laidlaw is a very experienced scrum-half and captain for Scotland. Laidlaw captained his side, prior to injury, to a win over Ireland in this year’s Six Nations. He was also the skipper for Scotland’s impressive quarter-final run in the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Laidlaw has also been a very successful scrum-half and kicker in his time at Gloucester.

Next year, Greig Laidlaw will be taking his talents to France, where he will play for Champions Cup finalists Clermont. Prior to that, Laidlaw will be making the flight to New Zealand. He would make an ideal midweek captain against the New Zealand clubs, as a result of his experience with Scotland. He also introduces more options for kicking for the Lions squad. With Warren Gatland’s confidence in Conor Murray’s ability to make the tour, it is unlikely that Laidlaw will end up with a lot of play time in the All Blacks test matches. It is likely that he will end up with some good playing time, and that most of all would be great for everyone to see.

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