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Johnson: Laidlaw move brings change


Scotland's Greig Laidlaw will quit Edinburgh for Gloucester this summer

Scotland's Greig Laidlaw will quit Edinburgh for Gloucester this summer

Scotland's Greig Laidlaw will quit Edinburgh for Gloucester this summer

Scotland head coach Scott Johnson believes Greig Laidlaw's summer switch to Gloucester could help speed up the development of his eventual Dark Blues replacement.

The Edinburgh scrum-half announced on Tuesday morning that he would quit Murrayfield for the Aviva Premiership side at the end of the season.

And Johnson hopes it will mean the likes of Grayson Hart, Sean Kennedy and Sam Hidalgo-Clyne - Laidlaw's Scottish-qualified understudies at the capital club - will all now see more game time.

Johnson - speaking as he announced Laidlaw would return captaincy duties to Kelly Brown for Saturday's RBS 6 Nations clash with France - told Press Association Sport: " The reality of having two pro teams is that someone has to move on for someone else to get a chance.

"We have got some pretty good stocks for nines in this country at the moment, especially younger nines. [Greig leaving Edinburgh in the summer] is probably good because more will get to play at the highest level.

"Greig will do wonderfully well down there. He is a competitive player, a great performer and we wish him well.

"But it does provide opportunities for the next generation to come through which is good too for Scotland."

Scotland will look to build on their dramatic 21-20 win over Italy last time out as Johnson insisted his players have no time to think about their painful opening defeats to Ireland and England.

"The life we lead means we have got to move on," he said. "That's the reality. When the competition closes, we can look back on it differently. Would you do things differently? You always question that.

"But the fact is we are in a competition and we understand we have got another hill to climb and we intend to do that.

"We can't sit and wallow. We couldn't do that when things were going bad and we can't sit and wait for the time when we do things well.

"Sport and life moves on and we just need to do well against the French."

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