Greig Laidlaw inspired by Gary Armstrong’s Paris match

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Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw is hoping lightning will strike twice at Stade de France this weekend.

When Scotland last beat the French there, in 1999, they were, coincidentally, skippered by a scrum half from Jedburgh – Gary Armstrong.

Should the record books be updated in Paris then, according to Laidlaw, his predecessor’s exploits will have played a part.

“Gary had a huge influence on me. Gary is a great player and a great man. It was brilliant for me to see somebody like him from a small town where I grew up doing so well.

“He was a big part of the (’99) team, a great leader. It was a team performance that day and we will need a team performance again if we are going to get across the line.”

Laidlaw, who moved from Edinburgh to Gloucester last summer, added: “The time was right to go somewhere else and have to prove myself again.”