Kelly Brown is targeting a strong showing against world champions New Zealand after overcoming injury to be named Scotland captain.
The 30-year-old wondered if his chance to lead Scotland might have slipped by after a broken ankle robbed him of the opportunity to be skipper earlier this year. Now the Saracens back-row aims to lead Scotland to a first win over the All Blacks in the November 11 EMC Autumn Test at Murrayfield.
"We are playing against the number one side in the world and it will not be easy," Brown told Press Association Sport. "If we all know our roles and if we can do them to the best of our ability I see no reason why we can't put in a really good performance."
A simple, but effective approach is one of the reasons Brown was named captain by Scotland head coach Andy Robinson. Another was his ability to lead by example.
"I'm more a man that would like to lead with his actions," Brown said.