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Greig Laidlaw hoping to cement place

Laidlaw hoping to cement place
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Scotland scrum-half Greig Laidlaw targets a strong performance against Italy at the weekend.

Scotland scrum-half Greig Laidlaw believes that a strong performance against Italy at the weekend will cement his position for his country.

The 27-year-old was handed the number nine role in last Saturday's defeat to England, replacing Mike Blair, who retired before the Six Nations.

"I enjoyed being back at nine. I was pretty comfortable in there. I've held onto my place and hopefully I can build on that this week, keep the jersey for longer, and get that win that we desperately want," he told reporters.

"I'd now say scrum-half is my out-and-out position. First and foremost, I want to play as a nine. I'd fill in elsewhere if required, I won't shy away from that, but nine is my preferred position."

Italy opened their campaign with a 23-18 win over France.

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