Six Nations: Greig Laidlaw benched for Scotland against Wales

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Greig Laidlaw has played 68 times for Scotland, but has been benched by Gregor Townsend
bbc.comCaptain Greig Laidlaw has been dropped to the bench in favour of Ali Price for Scotland's Six Nations meeting with Wales at Murrayfield on Saturday. It is one of four changes made by Gregor Townsend for Scotland's penultimate game of the competition.Racing 92 stand-off Finn Russell makes a return from a head injury.
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'Laidlaw must shoulder some responsibility'
BBC Scotland's Andy BurkeGregor Townsend will say the decision to bench his captain in favour of Ali Price is a selection made with this year's Rugby World Cup in mind, and clearly Scotland do need more than one viable option at scrum-half in Japan.However, if Greig Laidlaw had been playing well and the team had been showing anything like their best stuff in this Six Nations, there would have been no suggestion of dropping the Clermont man. Scotland have been ponderous in attack for much of this championship, especially in that dreadful display in Paris, and Laidlaw must shoulder some of the responsibility.Only a fool would write the Borders man off, though. He's seen off many challengers to his number nine jersey over the years and will relish the opportunity to prove his doubters wrong once again.While Price has bad recent memories of facing Wales, he was in the side that beat them at Murrayfield in 2017. This represents a huge opportunity for him to edge to the front of the queue for the scrum-half berth.
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