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Scotland skipper Kelly Brown has warned his side to expect a hostile welcome as they kick-off their RBS 6 Nations campaign against Ireland in Dublin.

The Scots will face the Irish at the Aviva Stadium looking to end an eight-year wait for an opening-weekend win.

But they take on a side who pushed the all-conquering All Blacks to the limit in November before losing only to a last-gasp try.

Saracens forward Brown, though, is confident his side can compete with a team they beat 12-8 at Murrayfield 12 months ago.

Brown, who will earn his 61st cap on Sunday, told the BBC: "Any away game in the Six Nations will be hostile so we are expecting that but at the end of the day it is down to 15 against 15.

"We have not won our first game for a number of years so if we can start well then we can build some momentum.

"It's an incredibly tough start. Their last match was against the All Blacks and they probably should have beaten them.

"We finished third last year, which was our highest finish in quite a number of years, as a squad we need to keep working hard.

"On top of that, it's about making sure we're more consistent because in the past we've maybe raised ourselves for one-off games but we have to make sure we do that time and again."

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