“They seem to like me for whatever reason, so it’s going to be nice to play in front of the supporters. “It’s been brilliant to let the body recover, and when I do get back playing, I’m going to be excited and ready to go. Colin covers rugby at all levels but is particularly passionate about the game at grass roots. And looking to the future, Laidlaw admitted this is likely to be his last playing contract – he’ll be 35 before he kicks a ball in Japan, and after signing a two-year deal, he’s keen to look to life after he’s hung up his metronomic kicking boots. This year’s Japan Top League was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, with the 2021 season due to start in January. The 34-year-old Borderer, whose contract at Clermont Auvergne ends in the summer, came close to agreeing terms with Perpignan before deciding earlier this month against a switch to the second tier French outfit. He is also an experienced proof reader and editor.

He said: “They’ll try to play the game very quickly and I’m going to have to be very fit to play out there.

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“If I can stay injury free and get through the two years, I can’t see me having much more in me off the back of that,” Laidlaw said.

Laidlaw acknowledged he is coming to the end of a professional career that started with Edinburgh and also saw him play for Gloucester before his move to France with Les Jaunards, but believes the COVID-19 enforced break has been good for him. Before Clermont he had spells at Gloucester and Edinburgh before that. Please register or log in to comment on this article. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. “I’m delighted and we can start to put the logistics in place to get moved out there.”. As a fluent French speaker, he has a keen interest in rugby in France and for many years has reported on the careers of Scots who have moved across the Channel to ply their trade. And when asked what he expects of the Top League, Laidlaw is under no illusions it’s going to be a challenge to his fitness, but as he’s done throughout his career, he’s keen to roll up his sleeves and give it everything he’s got. Former Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw revealed he spoke to Glasgow Warriors Head Coach Danny Wilson about a move to Scotstoun before signing for NTT Communications Shining Arcs. He appreciates high quality, engaging writing that is thought provoking, and hopes that some of his own work fits that bill!

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Scotland’s second highest points scorer of all time was “delighted” to be able to share news of his next step, with the move to Japan coming after three years at Clermont Auvergne. This website and its associated newspaper are members of Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). Laidlaw has experienced Japan twice before, with Scotland in 2016 and then again at last year’s Rugby World Cup, and he’s earned cult hero status with the Japanese public. Want to join the conversation?

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“Every time I have visited Japan, I was welcomed with a wonderful hospitality.”. “I’m really looking forward to getting out there and experiencing the new culture and everything that will bring with it. The Borderer has recently spent two years in France with Clermont-Auvergne but has now opted to finish his career in the land of the rising sun, where he gained huge popularity with Japanese rugby fans. “I’m just looking forward to playing rugby again, because it’s been some time, and it’s still a few months off yet.”.

Laidlaw is Scotland’s second-highest points scorer with 714, behind only Chris Paterson, who scored 809. The … © 2016-2020 The Offside Line | Kept onside by webporty. With the rest of the current programme cancelled because of the coronavirus, clubs in the Japanese Top League are turning their attention to strengthening their squads for the coming campaign, with the former Scotland captain understood to be a prime target. Our dedicated team of journalists, photographers and business minds bring their talents and enthusiasm to our unrivalled coverage of the game. “This is the longest break I’ve ever had in professional rugby,” he continued. However, according to the rugby paper, Midi Olympique, he has signed for a Japanese club and is set to return to a country where he made a big impression with the locals during last year’s World Cup.

Colin has been a freelance writer on a range of subjects including sport, food & drink, travel and finance for more than 20 years. 2At last year’s Japan World Cup I was able to experience the culture and meet wonderful fans,” Laidlaw said. Former Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw has signed for Japanese Top League side NTT Shining Arcs, the Chiba-based club have announced. “I liked Danny when he was Scotland coach and I think he trusts me, so going in to be a new Head Coach, he talked to me briefly,” Laidlaw said. ©JPIMedia Publishing Ltd. All rights reserved.

“I’ve got a couple of things in the game, and a couple of avenues out the game, but I’m passionate about the game and I’d like to stay involved. He’s not sure why they adore ‘Mr Greig’, but is looking forward to running out for his new club when the Top League season gets under way. “I’ve got a couple of years to define where I want to place myself. Invest in our game – you can make a difference by keeping Scottish rugby at all levels in the news. Never miss a kick.

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