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Borders rugby great announces retirement

Kelly Brown Credit: PA

Former Scotland rugby captain Kelly Brown has announced he will retire at the end of the season.

The back-rower's career flourished with Melrose RFC as an 18-year-old, before he went on to play for the Borders Reivers, Glasgow Warriors, Saracens and Scotland.

The 34-year-old earned 64 caps for Scotland and captained the side on 14 occasions.

"I always knew this day would come and it seems like only yesterday i was pulling on the black and yellow of Melrose RFC.

"I have played for four clubs who i care deeply about and to have been able to captain my country is an honour that ill always cherish.

"I've been lucky to have been able to live my dream for 13 years and now i'm privileged to be able to help others do the same."

– Kelly Brown

Fellow rugby players have been paying tribute to Brown's career on social media, including 2017 Six Nations Player of the Tournament, Stuart Hogg.