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Brown aims to emulate Paterson

Tom Brown has filled Chris Paterson's shirt for Edinburgh and now hopes to emulate his mentor in the Test arena after a first Scotland call-up.

Paterson ended his Scotland career after a record 109 caps and 809 points last December and earlier this month called time on his playing days after watching Brown emerge to help Edinburgh to the Heineken Cup semi-finals.

After being called up to tour Australia, Fiji and Samoa, Brown said: "He's been a huge influence on me; he's been an inspiration. He's been the one I've looked up to through all my school days. To play with him and to be mentored by him is a huge honour... One way to show my appreciation is to perform on the field and do what he's taught me to do over the years."

He added: "To succeed and do as much as he has in his career is something I aspire to and look to fulfil. He's been a huge help this season. He's a great professional and a great guy."

Brown initially got his opportunity while Paterson and others were at the Rugby World Cup last Autumn, but has held on to his place.

Paterson was a water carrier and on kicking tee duty as Edinburgh beat four-time European champions Toulouse in the Heineken Cup quarter-final and again in the semi-final loss to Ulster as Brown proved his talent, earning his maiden Scotland call-up.

Brown added: "It's come off the end of a really successful season. I've had challenges thrown at me all year which I've relished and enjoyed. This is just another challenge for me and I'm hoping to make the step up and make an impact.

"Putting on that Scotland jersey has been a goal of mine since I was six years old. It would mean everything to me."

Edinburgh's Holland-born wing Tim Visser was also included in the squad, along with uncapped Glasgow Warriors trio, prop Ryan Grant, back-row forward Robert Harley and lock Tom Ryder.

Scotland have lost seven straight Tests and will be seeking to arrest the worst run since 1998 against Australia on June 5 before Tests against Fiji (June 16) and Samoa (June 23).


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