Scotland name Ross Ford as captain for Six Nations match with England

Edinburgh and former British Lions hooker Ross Ford will become his country’s 112th captain when he leads out Scotland against England at Murrayfield in two weeks time.

Kelly Brown was Andy Robinson’s original pick for the captaincy, but after being ruled out through injury playing for Saracens against Treviso, the Scotland Head Coach has turned to Ford. Robinson said: “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. 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.”

Ford echoed Robinson’s message for Brown and then reflected on his own elevation to become Scotland’s 112th Test match 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. 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.”

Brown will require a small knee operation in the next 7-10 days, which will leave him out for around 8 to 10 weeks.