Brown ready to lead from front

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Kelly Brown wants to lead by example after being named Scotland captain
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Kelly Brown wants to lead by example after being named Scotland captain

Kelly Brown is targeting a strong showing against world champions New Zealand after overcoming injury to be named Scotland captain.

The 30-year-old wondered if his chance to lead Scotland might have slipped by after a broken ankle robbed him of the opportunity to be skipper earlier this year. Now the Saracens back-row aims to lead Scotland to a first win over the All Blacks in the November 11 EMC Autumn Test at Murrayfield.

"We are playing against the number one side in the world and it will not be easy," Brown told Press Association Sport. "If we all know our roles and if we can do them to the best of our ability I see no reason why we can't put in a really good performance."

A simple, but effective approach is one of the reasons Brown was named captain by Scotland head coach Andy Robinson. Another was his ability to lead by example.

"I'm more a man that would like to lead with his actions," Brown said.

"When something needs to be said I will say it."

It is a similar method to David Sole and Finlay Calder, men who Brown cites as leadership inspiration.

"If I can be half as good as they were as skippers then I'll have done a pretty good job," he said.

"It's a huge honour and one I'm really, really looking forward to.

"I was asked and then I got injured. I was aware it may not happen again. I just wanted to work as hard as I possibly could and it's a huge honour to be asked to captain the side again."

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