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Frank Laidlaw

Francis Andrew Linden Laidlaw (born 20 September 1940)[1] is a former Scotland international rugby union player[2][3]

He was capped thirty-two times for Scotland as a hooker between 1964 and 1971[4] and captained his country twice.[5]

He toured twice with the British and Irish Lions, to Australia and New Zealand in 1966 and New Zealand in 1971 and at the time played club rugby for Melrose RFC

He also played for Melrose RFC.[3][5] In fact, his 1966 game against Wales was what was known as "the Melrose Game” by Bill McLaren because the club had four players on the national side: the others being Alex Hastie, David Chisholm and Jim Telfer.[5] Scotland won 11-5.[5] He was on the 1966 British Lions tour to Australia and New Zealand.[3]

Norman Mair once said that Frank Laidlaw regarded the loss of his own ball as he would a family bereavement.[5]

He is a proponent of Scientology.[6]



  • Bath, Richard - A Scottish Rugby Miscellany
  • McLaren, Bill - Talking of Rugby
  • Massie, Allan A Portrait of Scottish Rugby (Polygon, Edinburgh; ISBN 0-904919-84-6)

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