Fixtures - Top Bar

Greig Laidlaw to leave Gloucester Rugby at the end of the season

Gloucester Rugby can today confirm that club captain Greig Laidlaw is to leave Kingsholm at the end of the current season.

The 31-year-old scrum half who is currently captain of Scotland and who has won 53 caps for his country, is currently in his third season in the Cherry and White of Gloucester.

Having moved south from Edinburgh in the summer of 2014, he is closing in on 50 competitive appearances and 500 points. One particular highlight, of course, was his contribution to the club lifting the European Rugby Challenge Cup in 2014-15.

His current contract with Gloucester expires at the end of the 2016-17 season and he will now continue his career overseas as he confirmed to the club website today.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at Gloucester. It’s a fantastic club which enjoys tremendous support. The squad contains a great group of boys, I love playing at Kingsholm and it’s been a genuine honour to captain the side.

“Since I first moved south, I feel that my game has developed tremendously for playing in the Gloucester team in the Aviva Premiership and it’s a period of my career that I’ll always look back on fondly.

“However, at this stage of my career, the offer to test myself and develop my game even further in a different environment was just too good to turn down. It’s not been an easy decision to make, but I think it’s the right one.

“There’s so much I’ll miss about Gloucester as a club and a place. However, there are still plenty of games left this season and a lot to play for, and I can guarantee that I will be giving 100% commitment to the Gloucester cause to help us achieve as much as possible in my remaining time here.”

Director of Rugby David Humphreys paid tribute to Laidlaw and his contribution to the cause during his time in Cherry and White.

“Since all the changes at Gloucester ahead of the 2014-15 season, his consistent performances at both club and international level, particularly his goal-kicking, have caught the attention of some of the biggest clubs in Europe.

“While we are sorry to see him go, the offer Greig received from France was too good to turn down and, at the end of the season, we will wish him all the best for the rest of his career.

“For now, however, Greig will want to play a key role in helping us to turn our Aviva Premiership season around and help Gloucester finish the year on a high.

Latest News

Aviva Premiership Rugby Final TV coverage on BT Sport and ITV Sport

Nearly nine months of unforgettable Aviva Premiership Rugby action comes to a head at Twickenham this weekend. Between September 2-4…

JP Doyle to referee Aviva Premiership Rugby Final

JP Doyle will be the man in the middle at this weekend’s Aviva Premiership Rugby Final at Twickenham. Wasps and…

Nathan Hughes, Jimmy Gopperth and Thomas Waldrom propel Wasps and Exeter Chiefs to Aviva Premiership Rugby Final

Wasps rounded off an unbeaten campaign at the Ricoh Arena and booked their place in the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final…

Win a Citizen Watch and a ball signed by this year’s Aviva Premiership Rugby champions

Celebrating being the Official Timekeeper of Premiership Rugby, Citizen are offering you the chance to win a Citizen Watch up…

Confidence could be the key for Exeter Chiefs, says Henry Slade

Exeter Chiefs fly-half Henry Slade believes the confidence coursing through his side could be key to deciding Saturday’s Aviva Premiership…

Dino Lamb replaces Will Evans in England U20 World Championship squad

Leicester Tigers flanker Will Evans has been ruled out of the 2017 World Rugby U20 Championship in Georgia due to…

Final Preview: Wasps v Exeter Chiefs

This is Wasps fifth appearance in the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final, winning all four previous attempts, in 2003, 2004, 2005…

Wasps v Exeter Chiefs

‘Emotional’ Tom Catterick will always be a Newcastle Falcons fan

Tom Catterick insists he will always be a Newcastle Falcons fan despite this week retiring from professional rugby at the…

Tom Catterick

‘Let’s finish the job’ – Gareth Steenson

Gareth Steenson insists Exeter Chiefs are a much different outfit to that of 12 months ago as they gear up…

Gareth Steenson

England squad gather ahead of Barbarians test

Twenty nine players have assembled in Pennyhill Park today ahead of England’s match against the Barbarians next Sunday (28th May)…

Match Reaction: Wasps 21 Leicester Tigers 20

Wasps director of rugby Dai Young believes his side are still growing in what is turning into a special Aviva…

Match Reaction: Exeter Chiefs 18 Saracens 16

Saracens’ dominance in Aviva Premiership Rugby was finally ended by Exeter Chiefs on Saturday, and while they had to do…

Match Reaction: Northampton Saints 21 Connacht 15

Northampton Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder heaped praise on the defensive resolution of his side as they reached the…

AUDIO: Wasps 21 Leicester Tigers 20 post match reaction

A cracking Premiership semi-final at the Ricoh as midlands neighbours Wasps and Leicester Tigers locked horns. Ian Williams was in…

Match Report: Wasps 21 Leicester Tigers 20

Josh Bassett’s last-gasp score booked Wasps' first Aviva Premiership Rugby Final appearance in nine years after overcoming Leicester Tigers 21-20 in…