Kellock eager to return
Skipper Alastair Kellock says he cannot wait to make his Scotland return after missing the autumn campaign through injury.
Last Updated: 26/01/11 9:59am
Scotland captain Alastair Kellock says he cannot wait to return to international action after missing the autumn campaign through injury.
The Glasgow lock has been named as his country's skipper for the RBS Six Nations, where his first task will be a clash with reigning Grand Slam champions France in Paris on February 5.
And Kellock, who led Scotland to a 2-0 series win over Argentina last summer but then had a lengthy spell out with a knee injury, is glad that his watching and waiting is over.
"I was sitting doing commentary for the South Africa game and I was just wishing I was on the park," he said.
"I knew the only way to get back on the park was to work hard and make sure when I got back to playing that I was consistent.
"Six months out was a long time and there were periods in it when you think you're not getting any better. It was a tough experience, but if anything it just makes you want it more.
"The medical staff at Glasgow were absolutely brilliant at helping me get back.
"I'm sure I've given them a rough time over the last few months but I'm delighted where I am now. My knee's great and feels really good."
Kellock believes his experience as captain of the Warriors will stand him in good stead and help him raise his own game for the Six Nations.
He added: "Being captain at Glasgow in the last five seasons has helped me, it's made me play better.
"I've got to make sure that happens here as well, that I'm playing to the best of my ability and leading by example."
Scotland have claimed victory in Paris just twice in the past 42 years, with their last win coming in the victorious Six Nations campaign of 1999.
Kellock said: "It's an incredibly difficult place to go. The record shows how difficult it is.
"We've got a chance. We've got to play at the top of our game. The whole squad will be driving to make sure that happens."