“I’ll go away and think’: Greig Laidlaw considers Scotland RETIREMENT after World Cup exit to Japan

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‘I’ll go away and think’: Greig Laidlaw considers Scotland RETIREMENT after crashing out of World Cup with defeat by hosts Japan

  • Greig Laidlaw has admitted he is considering retiring from the Scotland squad
  • The 34-year-old ending his 76-cap career would signal the end of an era  
  • Scotland fell out of the World Cup on Sunday, falling 28-21 to hosts Japan
  • Japan had lost their last seven games to the Scots, including a 100-8 thrashing   

Greig Laidlaw has admitted he has a decision to make over whether to prolong his Scotland career.

The scrum-half’s last World Cup ended in agonising defeat on Sunday as his side bowed out of the competition with a 28-21 loss to Japan.

The 34-year-old confessed he now has to weigh up whether to bring the curtain down entirely on his 76-cap Test career.

Greig Laidlaw has admitted he is considering retirement from the Scottish national side

Greig Laidlaw has admitted he is considering retirement from the Scottish national side 

The scrum-half will make the decision in the fall-out from Scotland's World Cup exit on Sunday

The scrum-half will make the decision in the fall-out from Scotland’s World Cup exit on Sunday

The Clermont Auvergne player said: ‘I’ll go away and have a think. Tonight it’s about staying together as a group.

‘Tonight is not about me. I’ll go away and talk to the people I need to talk to and make my decision from there.’

Scotland had won their previous seven showdowns with the Brave Blossoms, racking up their biggest ever score with a 100-8 pummelling back in 2004.

But the tournament hosts went into the game ranked higher than Gregor Townsend’s team and Laidlaw could not argue with their win.

Laidlaw converted twice against Japan as Scotland fell 28-21 to the hosts in Yokohoma

Laidlaw converted twice against Japan as Scotland fell 28-21 to the hosts in Yokohoma

He said: ‘We knew Japan have really improved as a team since four years ago.

‘We have to give them credit for the way they have progressed and the way we have performed this evening.

‘We gave away two soft tries and we left ourselves with a mountain to climb.

‘They didn’t catch us off guard, we actually started the game pretty well.

‘We got into a lead, we never switched off, but we let Japan into the game.’

 

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