Scotland rugby coach Vern Cotter is expected to name a replacement for injured captain Grant Gilchrist, of Edinburgh, within 48 hours.
A prime candidate to take over while second row Gilchrist recovers from a broken arm, Greig Laidlaw, today received a major boost from his club boss.
Gloucester’s David Humphreys hailed the way Laidlaw kicked 20 points at Oyonnax in a 25-15 weekend European Challenge Cup victory, saying: “Both place kickers were outstanding but particularly Greig towards the end when there was a lot of pressure involved and every kick was making a difference.
“He was outstanding, but really he has just carried on. In the last few weeks he has kicked brilliantly.”
A fractured jaw has ruled out uncapped Edinburgh flanker Hamish Watson from attending this week’s squad training – a situation that could re-open the door for Saracens’ Kelly Brown.
Meanwhile, Edinburgh coach Alan Solomons will hold a fitness parade before naming a side to visit Leinster on Friday with flanker Roddy Grant due to undergo cheekbone surgery and midfielder Phil Burleigh suffering knee ligament damage.