Greig Laidlaw honoured by Scotland captaincy but not looking to oust Kelly Brown
Greig Laidlaw is not planning on trying to oust Kelly Brown from his role as Scotland captain.
Last Updated: 15/11/13 3:40pm
The Edinburgh scrum-half will lead out his country on Sunday against South Africa with Saracens flanker Brown handed a rest by coach Scott Johnson.
Laidlaw will be taking the armband for the third time, after deputising for Brown during the summer matches against the Springboks and Italy, but he is not looking to elbow his international team-mate aside and has relied on him for advice heading into the weekend.
"I've spoken a lot with Kelly about captaining the side and he's been there for me this week, just like I'm there for him when he's captain," Laidlaw said.
"He's not playing though this week and I've got the honour of leading out Scotland. But he's an experienced guy and if I've got anything I need to ask he will be my first call.
"But as for whether I'd like the role permanently, Kelly is the current captain of this squad and I'm pretty laid back about the whole situation, so we will just see how it goes."
Despite those comments it is clear the captaincy means a lot to Laidlaw, who is relishing the chance to lead the side out on home turf.
"It's something I'm excited about and now I'm looking forward to the weekend. I won't take the responsibility lightly," he added.
"I captained the side twice in the summer but it will be a lot bigger for me doing it in front of a packed house at Murrayfield. Doing it here at home in Scotland is a huge occasion for me.
"It was always good memories for me coming to Murrayfield as a kid. I remember going up to the schoolboys enclosure with Jedburgh Minis.
"Did I ever expect all those years ago that I'd be leading a side out here? Well you always want that to happen but actually thinking that it will happen is a different thing. To realise this now is a special day for me and my family.
"But I can't get caught up in that occasion. We need to keep to our plan and be passionate at the same time to make sure we get the same result.
"It was always a great day out at Murrayfield and we want to recreate that for the youngsters of today who will be coming up for the match. We're hoping for a crowd of over 50,000 so if we can make their day on Sunday that would be excellent."