Brown not giving up on Scotland

Date published: January 22 2015

Despite being omitted from the Scotland squad again by Vern Cotter, former captain Kelly Brown remains optimistic.

Brown’s exclusion from the Six Nations squad, along with John Barclay’s, was met with a backlash from fans and pundits.

“It’s clearly disappointing, but selection is a funny thing,” Brown told BBC Scotland.

“I want to play for Scotland and I certainly feel I can play for Scotland. I don’t feel over the hill yet.”

The 32-year-old has consistently performed well for his club, Saracens, and revealed that he had a “frank” discussion with Cotter over the areas that he needs to improve in.

With the Rugby World Cup too later this year, Brown hasn’t given up hope of wearing blue again.

“I don’t think it’s a case of what has gone wrong. A new coach has come in and he’s got slightly different ideas,” added Brown.

“Vern phoned me and we had a frank and open conversation, and I would say it was a very good conversation.

“He’s given me a couple of areas that I need to work on and that’s what I’ll do, because I’m certainly not a quitter and I’ll keep on working as hard as I can, trying to force my way back in.

“All I can do is look at myself and the areas of my game that I need to keep improving, and that’s what I’ll do. I feel I have a few years left in me, but it’s up to the coaches.

“I just need to look at the factors I can control, which is how I’m playing, and how I train, so I can keep on improving.

“One thing I have learned over the years is I’m a fairly stubborn guy, so I’ll just keep on fighting.”