EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — Hooker Ross Ford has taken over the captaincy of Scotland for rugby’s Six Nations after flanker Kelly Brown was sidelined from the entire tournament by a leg injury in club action at the weekend.
Ford, capped 53 times since 2004, was informed by Scotland coach Andy Robinson on Tuesday.
Robinson told Brown last week he will be the skipper, but the dislocated fibula he suffered on Sunday means he will need surgery and be out for eight to 10 weeks.
“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.
“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 honor and the chance to lead out his country for his 50th cap. I wish him a speedy recovery.”
Scotland open against England on Feb. 4
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