FORD | Scotland can cope without Laidlaw

FORD | Scotland can cope without Laidlaw

Scottish hooker Ross Ford insists Scotland will remain positive despite the loss of their captain Greig Laidlaw after he was ruled out of the rest of the 2017 RBS Six Nations through injury.

Laidlaw went over on his ankle 24 minutes into Sunday’s clash with the French and was forced to watch the rest of his team’s 22-16 defeat from the sidelines.

Following a scan at his home club Gloucester, it was confirmed that Laidlaw suffered ligament damage to his right ankle which consequently rules him out of the remainder of the tournament.

Cap centurion Ford admits that without Laidlaw, a man who has been paramount to the recent successes of the national team, the side will be able to step up and share the leadership responsibilities.

He said: “Obviously he is a massive part of the squad and is a great leader. I think his captaincy over the past two years has really come to the fore.

“When he plays, he is a big part of us but we’ve got a leadership group together that has been there alongside Greig helping him out.

“We do it as a group and Greig is the focal point. Don’t get me wrong he is a massive part of it, but we’ve got a group of players that are able to lead the team.”

Vice-captain John Barclay also went off injured just before half-time against France after suffering a head knock and is subject to the completion of the HIA process.

When asked about whether Laidlaw’s half back partner Finn Russell or Glasgow Warriors co-captain Jonny Gray could deal with pressure of leading, Ford said: “In the big games in Europe with Glasgow, Jonny and Finn have stepped up and made the right calls so they have got that experience there.

“There are certainly experienced guys in the squad who can take a little bit of pressure off by calming boys down around them and letting them think clearly about what really matters and what needs to happen.”

Ford added: “Whatever does happen, the boys will be able to step up, take that role on and move forward.”

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