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Ford handed Scotland captaincy
ESPNscrum Staff
January 24, 2012
Scotland's Ross Ford enjoys the captain's run, Eden Park, Auckland, September 30, 2011
Ross Ford will lead out Scotland against England at Murrayfield © Getty Images
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Scotland hooker Ross Ford has been handed the captain's armband for the duration of the Six Nations.

Scotland coach Andy Robinson had asked Kelly Brown to lead the team but it has been confirmed the Saracens flanker requires surgery on the leg injury he suffered against Treviso on Sunday. With Brown expected to be sidelined for between eight and 10 weeks, Robinson turned to Ford, who has won 53 caps for Scotland.

"This is a special day for Ross, who has been a key figure in our leadership group and our most consistent performer for some time," Robinson said. "I firmly believe he is the man who will step up and lead from the front.

"That said, I'm really disappointed for Kelly Brown. I had asked him to be the captain late last week but unfortunately injury will deprive him of that honour and the chance to lead out his country for his 50th cap.

"I wish him a speedy recovery."

Brown dislocated his knee at the weekend and a specialist yesterday confirmed he will require an operation. Scotland team doctor James Robson said: "Following the scans that Kelly underwent yesterday and consultation with a knee specialist, Kelly will require a small operation to stabilise the fibula head in his leg - which he dislocated.

"The surgery will facilitate his recovery. This will be undertaken in the next seven to ten days once the initial swelling has settled. The return from an injury of this nature is, typically, in the region of eight to 10 weeks."

Scotland open their Six Nations campaign against England on February 4 at Murrayfield, when Ford will become his country's 112th captain. "It's a massive honour and privilege to captain your country. I'm really grateful to be given this chance to captain a team of so much potential," Ford said. For me, the big thing is leading from the front and actually showing a good example to the boys as well as backing it up with words.

"First and foremost is 'do it', do it for everybody to see, and that's the way I'll be looking to lead the team against England."

In addition to Brown, five other players did not train with the Scotland squad at St Andrews today - props Alasdair Dickinson (shoulder) and Ed Kalman (calf), loose forward David Denton and stand-off Ruaridh Jackson (hamstring) and full-back/wing Rory Lamont (leg bruising).

Jon Welsh, the uncapped 25-year-old Glasgow Warriors prop, has been added to the Scotland squad.

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