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Brown to lead Scotland against All Blacks in 50th test

Associated Press

10/31/2012 9:18:28 AM

EDINBURGH -- Flanker Kelly Brown will captain Scotland against New Zealand at Murrayfield next week in his 50th rugby test, and first in more than a year.

Coach Andy Robinson confirmed the appointment on Wednesday, his fifth skipper in two years. The match is on Nov. 11.

Brown succeeded hooker Ross Ford, who led Scotland all year, including during the Six Nations and unbeaten June tour of Australia, Fiji and Samoa.

Brown was due to be captain for the Six Nations but broke his fibula three days before the announcement. He last appeared for Scotland in a Rugby World Cup pool loss to Argentina in September 2011.

"Kelly Brown is an inspirational person," Robinson said. "He has an aura, confidence and belief about him and a firm understanding of the game.

"He has been a very consistent performer for Scotland. It's because of these qualities that he has been appointed Scotland captain."

Brown was honoured.

"On the flight up (from England), it was like Christmas," he said. "It's been so long since I've actually played for Scotland so I'm really, really looking forward to that. And we're playing against the best side in the world so it's a massive, massive challenge but one, I'm sure, we'll thrive on."