Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

Brown unsure of captaincy future

Kelly Brown will lead Scotland out against France

Modest Scotland skipper Kelly Brown admits the nation's best RBS 6 Nations campaign in recent memory might still not be enough to see him hold on to the captaincy.

The Saracens flanker was first given the role for last year's autumn internationals but the honour turned into a personal nightmare with defeats to New Zealand, South Africa and Tonga. But he was retained for the championship opener and, despite defeat in that game, the Scots went on to claim wins over Italy and Ireland.

Brown said: "There's no doubt, winning makes things significantly more enjoyable. So I've enjoyed it. I've enjoyed being captain. As everybody knows, I didn't get off to the best of starts as skipper in the autumn. But I've enjoyed working with Scott and the rest of the coaches and all of the boys in the squad."

He went on: "There is no doubt the more games you get under your belt as captain, the more experience you pick up.

"But I've got no idea what's going to happen in the future. I just need to make sure after the championship I go back to Saracens and keep doing well. If I keep doing that, hopefully I'll be in the squad for South Africa."

Scotland will run out at the Stade de France on Saturday with the aim of recording their third victory in a single Six Nations campaign for only the second time in seven years.

Their opponents, by contrast, have just one point to their name after opening the tournament with defeats to Italy, Wales and England before last week's 13-13 draw with Ireland in Dublin.

Brown now expects the fiercest of early assaults from the hosts as they look to make up for a miserable campaign in front of their demanding home support.

He said: "It's been a really positive campaign. Whatever happens tomorrow, it will be our best finish since 2006, so that is a good sign but we want to make sure this is a long-term change in fortune.

"We need to start well. There's no doubt the French are a wounded animal. They will come out and absolutely fire into us. They have picked a massive team so they want to batter us, clearly. If we start well, we can put them under a bit of pressure. If we can do that, the crowd will turn against them and we can use that as a bit of a weapon."

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