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Kellock named Scotland skipper

Alastair Kellock has been restored as Scotland captain for the RBS 6 Nations championship.

Head coach Andy Robinson named Kellock as his skipper after being impressed with the way the Glasgow Warriors lock led Scotland to their first series win in the southern hemisphere in Argentina last summer.

Kellock resumes his role after missing the autumn Test series following knee surgery.

Robinson used scrum-halves Rory Lawson and Mike Blair as his captains during the autumn series, during which Scotland beat South Africa and Samoa.

"Al's leadership on and off the field was a key element to our success in Argentina and, since his return from knee surgery, the quality of both his personal displays and the way he has galvanised the Glasgow side, especially over the last month, has been really pleasing," Robinson told the Scottish Rugby website.

"I have spoken about the importance of broadening the influence of leaders throughout the side and Rory Lawson, Mike Blair and Chris Cusiter have all led the side well."

Kellock, who has won 27 caps, will lead Scotland out at the Stade de France a week on Saturday.

He added: "To get the chance to captain Scotland for the opening Six Nations game is huge.

"I was delighted to make the squad, especially after being out for almost six months with my knee after Argentina, and now to be named as captain is a real highlight, particularly with the competition for places."


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