Kellock to captain Scotland

Glasgow lock restored as skipper after injury lay-off

Last Updated: 25/01/11 12:50pm

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Kellock: Captain for Six Nations

Kellock: Captain for Six Nations

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Scotland head coach Andy Robinson has named Alastair Kellock as his captain for the RBS Six Nations.

The Glasgow lock led Scotland during the tour of Argentina last summer, where his side posted a historic first series win in the southern hemisphere.

However, the 29-year-old was forced to sit out the autumn Tests after undergoing surgery on an injured knee.

But he is now back to full fitness and has been chosen as the stand-alone skipper after Rory Lawson and Mike Blair shared the role during the autumn, while Chris Cusiter has also held the armband recently.

Leadership

"Al's leadership on and off the field was a key element to our success in Argentina and, since his return from knee surgery, the quality of both his personal displays and the way he has galvanised the Glasgow side, especially over the last month, has been really pleasing," Robinson said.

"I have spoken about the importance of broadening the influence of leaders throughout the side and Rory Lawson, Mike Blair and Chris Cusiter have all led the side well."

Kellock, who has won 27 caps for Scotland, is looking forward to leading his side in the opening Six Nations fixture against France on February 5.

"To get the chance to captain Scotland for the opening Six Nations game is huge," Kellock told scottishrugby.org.

"I was delighted to make the squad, especially after being out for almost six months with my knee after Argentina, and now to be named as captain is a real highlight, particularly with the competition for places."

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