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Laidlaw named Scotland captain for World Cup

Gloucester Rugby scrum-half Greig Laidlaw has been named Scotland captain for the Rugby World Cup campaign.

Laidlaw, who joined the Cherry & Whites last summer, is one of three scrum-halves in Vern Cotter’s squad alongside Sam Hidalgo-Clyne and Henry Pyrgos.

Harlequins new boy Tim Visser is also among the 31 selections, one of four wingers with London Irish’s Sean Maitland, Sean Lamont and Tommy Seymour.

In the front row, Newcastle Falcons prop Jon Welsh has made the cut but there was no such luck for another pair of Aviva Premiership Rugby forwards, London Irish flanker Blair Cowan and Saracens lock Jim Hamilton missing out.

Scotland take their place in Pool B, where they will face South Africa, Samoa, Japan and the USA in search of a quarter-final berth.
 
Scotland World Cup squad:
 
FORWARDS:
Al Dickinson (Edinburgh), Ryan Grant (Glasgow), WP Nel (Edinburgh), Gordon Reid (Glasgow), Jon Welsh (Newcastle Falcons), Fraser Brown (Glasgow), Ross Ford (Edinburgh), Stuart McInally (Edinburgh), Jonny Gray (Glasgow), Richie Gray (Castres), Grant Gilchrist (Edinburgh), Tim Swinson (Glasgow), David Denton (Edinburgh), Josh Strauss (Glasgow), Ryan Wilson (Glasgow), John Hardie (unattached), Alasdair Strokosch (Perpignan)
 
BACKS: Greig Laidlaw (Gloucester, capt), Henry Pyrgos (Glasgow), Sam Hidalgo-Clyne (Edinburgh), Finn Russell (Glasgow), Duncan Weir (Glasgow), Mark Bennett (Glasgow), Matt Scott (Edinburgh), Peter Horne (Glasgow), Richie Vernon (Glasgow), Stuart Hogg (Glasgow), Sean Lamont (Glasgow), Sean Maitland (London Irish), Tommy Seymour (Glasgow), Tim Visser (Harlequins)

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