Greig Laidlaw nominated for world player of year
Jed's own Scotland captain and scrum-half Greig Laidlaw was today named in the six-man shortlist for World Rugby Player of the Year 2015.
Leading by example as national team captain, Laidlaw - who is joined on the list by Daniel Carter, Michael Hooper, Alun Wyn Jones, David Pocock and Julian Savea - bowed out of Rugby World Cup 2015 in the quarter-finals as the leading point-scorer with 79, 26 of them – including a crucial late try – coming in the 36-33 win over Samoa that confirmed his side’s place in the last eight.
The proud 30-year-old started 12 of Scotland’s 14 tests this year and came off the bench in their pool victory over the USA, before leading his country for the 21st time against Australia, drawing level with Bryan Redpath as Scotland's second most-capped skipper on 21 (David Sole leads on with 25).
Greig, said: “It’s very humbling to be nominated and I can take a huge amount of pride from being on the shortlist for something as big as World Rugby Player of the Year; the calibre of player on the rest of the list speaks for itself.
“I was probably a bit of a late developer in terms of getting capped a little later in my career however I still feel as though I’ve got a huge amount to give the Scotland jersey going forward."
The award will be presented at the World Rugby ceremony at Battersea Evolution in London this Sunday 1 November, where he will be joined by Scotland centre Mark Bennett, who has been named as one of three nominees for the World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year Award 2015.