Brown not guaranteed Scotland captaincy
January 18, 2014
Kelly Brown is not guaranteed the Scotland captaincy © PA Photos
Scotland boss Scott Johnson has told skipper Kelly Brown that reputation alone will not be enough to secure his space in the side.
Scotland kick off their Six Nations against Ireland on February 2 and while Brown is expected to be the man to lead Johnson's side into the championship, Johnson has sounded a warning shot to him.
"I've told Kelly to his face - and there's no use in running away from it - that if he's good enough to get in the starting XV he'll lead the team, and that if he's not we'll look for someone else."
Brown has been used across the back-row both by club and country, but Johnson sees him primarily as an openside.
"We are viewing Kelly as a No 7: we will leave the remaining back-row roles to other people because we have some good athletes coming through in those positions and we need to compete athletically against the bigger nations," added Johnson. "Kelly fits a different mould. He's done really well for Saracens at No 7 over the last five or six weeks so moving down the path, that will be his spot."
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