Former Scotland rugby captain joins HSD online event 

Members of the HSD 1st XV squad have received some words of wisdom from a Scottish rugby great.  

Former Scotland rugby captain Grieg Laidlaw was guest of honour at the 1st XV awards event

Greig Laidlaw, who holds the record for the most caps as Scottish captain, was the guest of honour as the team held an online end of season awards evening.  

Nearly 30 players from F5 and F6 joined a special Zoom ceremony in which the highlights from the 2019/20 campaign were relived and prize winners – including player of the year, Callum Findlay – were announced. 

The team members then had the chance to hold a Q&A with the scrum-half - who retired from international rugby in December with 76 caps - and to hear about his own rugby journey and the importance of hard work.  

The event was organised by HSD 1st XV captain Callum Elliot, along with Reece McLennan, Callum Findlay, Fraser Coupar and Malachy Keogh.  

Coach Phil Godman was delighted to see that the squad’s team spirit had well and truly overcome lockdown as they joined together for the special event. 

He said, “Massive credit to Callum and the others for organising the event, they had obviously put a lot of effort into it. It was a fantastic evening and most importantly, through their own creativity, they made it a really positive experience, which I hope they will all remember fondly for a long time to come. 

“There were some excellent questions for Greig and I absolutely loved how the boys were listening to someone they admire, who has this huge self-belief and work ethic but is also extremely humble. He was inspiring and I am sure he gave the boys a huge lift.”