Scotland suffer blow ahead of the Autumn Internations

It has been confirmed that Greig Laidlaw will not be released by Clermont Auvergne for Scotland’s opening Autumn international against Wales on November 3.

The 33-year-old, who has captained Scotland in 31 of his 63 caps, has informed Gregor Townsend that he will miss the clash in Cardiff, which is outside the international release window.

However, Laidlaw will be available for the remaining November tests with Fiji, South Africa and Argentina.

With first-choice Finn Russell now playing at Racing 92 in Paris, it means Scotland look likely to face Wales without their first choice half backs who have played 29 tests together.

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