Given the debacle that was Scotland's frantic performance in their 34-7 defeat by Wales in Cardiff last weekend, it was always likely that the Clermont Auvergne scrum half would be recalled to face France in Edinburgh on Sunday, and so it has transpired with Gregor Townsend, the head coach, naming Laidlaw as one of six changes to his starting line-up for the match.
Replacements: Adrien Pélissié, Eddy Ben Arous, Cedate Gomes Sa, Paul Gabrillagues, Louis Picamoles, Baptiste Serin, Anthony Belleau, Benjamin Fall.
"We've seen a response from the players in training this week and that needs to continue into and through the 80-plus minutes of the match, because France will pose a massive and immensely physical challenge". It's important whoever is playing inside and outside Finn are helping him through attack or defence.
Gregor Townsend's side came into the competition with high expectations after their progress past year which included a record win over Australia and a narrow defeat to New Zealand.
"Greig has got a lot of experience".
Scotland's Stuart Hogg celebrates after the Autumn International match at Rugby Park, Kilmarnock.
"I think both teams are going to go into the game having lost the first game so we need to win". We're just trying to get on with it. "He's a very good 10, so he jogged through a few plays in the vehicle park on Sunday morning as preparation". Against Wales, they spread the ball wide and tried intricate moves, but they couldn't make much ground because they didn't have the power players to make busts through the middle.
"It was a brutally physical game against them past year, there were a lot of collisions". Rather than taking this, it could pay off to back the hosts to overcome a 19-point second-half handicap. "We take them to places they don't want to go". "We expected a much better performance".
Sometimes he can force plays and if he can manage the game better, he should be able to find the right time to launch Scotland's risky runners.
With 26 minutes on the clock, the flying wing took a feed from fullback Geoffrey Palis and chipped the ball into the Scotland in-goal area.
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"To do that we need to out-work the opposition and be more accurate in a number of aspects of our play".
"We are determined to recapture how we played in 2017 - and not what we've shown so far in 2018".
Newcastle Falcons tighthead prop Jon welsh is replaced by Simon Berghan while his Edinburgh teammate Grant Gilchrist is preferred to Ben Toolis in the second-row, and Ryan Wilson beats Cornell Du Preez to the No 8 shirt, with the latter dropped from the match-day squad completely.