Published: Thu, February 16, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Scotland can cope without captain Greig Laidlaw, says Ross Ford

Scotland can cope without captain Greig Laidlaw, says Ross Ford

Laidlaw's English club, Gloucester, says the scrumhalf damaged ankle ligaments when he was hurt in the first half of Scotland's 22-16 loss to France on Sunday.

Laidlaw left the Stade de France on crutches and was fully assessed on returning home once the swelling had gone down.

In a statement, Scottish Rugby said that Laidlaw suffered ligament damage and has returned to Gloucester for treatment.

Hooker Ross Ford believes Scotland boast the leadership and experience to cope without captain Greig Laidlaw after he was ruled out of the rest of the Six Nations.

But Scots head coach Vern Cotter has now been given the bad news that Laidlaw will miss the remainder of the tournament.

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"We do it as a group and yeah, Greig is the focal point but we have a group of leaders who can shoulder the burden".

Glasgow's Ali Price came on for Laidlaw in Paris and is expected to retain the number nine jersey when Scotland welcome Wales to Murrayfield in their next game a week on Saturday. The scrum-half tried to carry on but quickly had to be helped to the sidelines.

Scotland, who beat Ireland in their Six Nations opener before defeat to France, are now fifth in the standings.

They could not back that up with a long-awaited win in France - a feat the Dark Blues have not achieved since 1999 - but Ford insists the team remains positive.

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