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Saracens ace thriving on Scotland captaincy

Scotland captain Kelly Brown during a photocall at the Old Course Hotel, St Andrews. Picture: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire Scotland captain Kelly Brown during a photocall at the Old Course Hotel, St Andrews. Picture: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Friday, November 16, 2012
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Scotland captain Kelly Brown aims to continually improve in the role after leading his country out for the first time last weekend.

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The Saracens flanker marked his 50th cap in style by assuming the captaincy as Scotland faced the world’s best side.

Not even a 51-22 defeat by New Zealand could dampen Brown’s pride but he could not be satisfied with defeat and is always looking to improve his own personal role.

Brown, who will lead Scotland out again against South Africa at Murrayfield tomorrow, said: “There is no doubt it’s a huge honour. In saying that I’m always looking to improve.

“In terms of my captaincy, I was fairly happy with my tactical decisions but I’ll look to improve as indeed the whole squad will as we move forward.”

Brown came into the role on the back of missing almost a year of international action because of a knee injury, and he will look to grow into the role.

“It’s the sort of role, as soon as I was asked I was more than happy,” he said.

“I will learn and have been learning for the last eight years of my life as a pro.

“It’s great to put those things into practice but I need to continue to improve.”

Scotland are looking to bounce back from the heavy defeat by the All Blacks in the same way they did in 2010, by beating the Springboks.

Victory would be a much-welcomed boost ahead of the RBS 6 Nations as Andy Robinson’s men look to shed themselves of the wooden spoon.

But there is an added incentive with Scotland needing to win to overtake Ireland and sneak into the world’s top eight in time to claim a second seed spot in the 2015 World Cup draw, which takes place on December 3.

Brown said: “It would be naive to say we’re not aware of it. In saying that it’s not something we focus on.

“As a player, it’s very much a cliche, but you only focus on one game at a time and that’s all we are doing.

“We are looking forward to the South Africa game, going out there and putting on a great performance that will do Scotland proud.”

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