Heeding a request from the management of the national side, Scotland Rugby side Edinburgh Rugby has agreed to rest star man Greg Laidlaw in a move that will see the player miss up to five weeks of action for the Pro 12 side.
The veteran will move from Edinburgh to link up with the Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club Gloucester Rugby in England at the end of the current season and the Scottish rugby bosses have asked for the club to give the legendary half back some time out as they prepare for an assault on the Rugby World Cup which will be held in England next summer.
Scotland Director of Rugby Scott Johnson spoke to the media after Edinburgh Rugby announced their decision to rest Laidlaw where he stated that the player has been involved in plenty of games for both the Scotland Rugby national team as well as his club team but looking at the schedule over the next sixteen to eighteen months and how packed it is, they had made the request to the club to give him some time off in order to avoid burn out.
He added that the national team management is pleased with the gesture of the club as well and knowing the feeling the player has for it, they will also give him the opportunity to turn out for them before the season is over as well.
According to the club management, the important thing at this moment is the future of Scotland Rugby and the performance of the national team will be pivotal to the success and sustenance of the clubs in the country and they had no other option but supporting the move for the betterment of the game in the country and for the benefit of the player concerned.