Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 16 September 2014

Brown focused on team not himself

Kelly Brown hopes Scotland's Test against New Zealand will be one to remember

Kelly Brown will lead Scotland out on his first appearance as captain against New Zealand, seeking a performance and result which lives long in the memory.

The Saracens number eight will win his 50th cap in Sunday's EMC Test at Murrayfield and is eager to be part of a first Scotland win over the All Blacks at the 29th attempt.

"It's a big day, but it's not something I'm focusing on," he told Press Association Sport. "I think it's the sort of thing I'll look back on when I'm old and fat and I'll hopefully have very fond memories."

Playing the world champions, unbeaten on an end-of-year northern hemisphere tour since 2002 and undefeated in 17 Tests is a daunting prospect for a Scotland side still recovering from a torrid 2011-12 campaign.

Brown missed the RBS 6 Nations, as Scotland suffered five defeats, and the successful summer tour, which featured wins in Australia, Fiji and Samoa, due to injury.

The 30-year-old is optimistic of success on his return, but knows the All Blacks will exploit any weaknesses in Scotland's game.

Brown added: "It's a one-off game. We know it's going to be incredibly hard, but it's 15 on 15. We just need to go out there and perform as best as we can and make Scotland proud.

"We've worked very hard. I placed a real emphasis on guys all knowing their roles and knowing exactly what's expected of them in each aspect of the game. I feel confident that all our guys have done that.

"For us one of the main things is to put them under pressure and to not give them anything easy. In the past in the first half we've probably gifted them a few scores. It's about going out there, working hard and making them really have to fight for anything that they get.

"It's just up to us now to make sure that we put them under pressure. We know what we've got to do. We've got a plan of how we want to start the match. It's now just a case of going out there and implementing it."

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