Kelly Brown will retire from professional rugby at the end of the season to take up a role as academy coach at Saracens.

Scotland’s former skipper, 34, is one of the most personable players out there, always willing to chat to fans and the media alike, as well as being extremely successful for both club(s) and country.

The inspirational loose-forward won 64 caps for Scotland, 14 as captain and since arriving from Glasgow Warriors in 2010, he has helped Saracens to three Aviva Premiership championships, a Champions Cup, Anglo-Welsh Cup and has made 154 appearances for the Men in Black.

Speaking to Saracens’ website, Kelly Said: “I always knew this day would come and it seems like only yesterday I was pulling on the black & yellow of Melrose RFC as an 18-year old student. Since then I’ve been hugely fortunate to play the game I love at the highest level for the Border Reivers, Glasgow Warriors, Saracens and Scotland.

“Along the way, I’ve met some great people who I can now call friends for life. I have played for four clubs who I care deeply about and to have been able to captain my country is an honour that I’ll always cherish.

“I’d like to put on record my thanks to some very important people who have helped me along the way. Firstly, all my coaches, teammates and support staff from school through to Saracens for their unwavering support and inspiration. Secondly, my Mum, Dad and family who taught me so much in not only the game but the values of life. Finally, and most importantly, my wife Emily and daughters Amber and Leena for all their love, patience and affection – I truly believe I wouldn’t have enjoyed the career I have done without them.

“I’m forever grateful to be ending my career at a fantastic club like Saracens. Their support for my family and me has been unstinting and I’m extremely excited to be moving into a new role within the club’s academy next season.

“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.”

– See more at: http://www.saracens.com/news-article/kelly-brown-to-retire-from-playing-at-the-end-of-the-season#sthash.AaHhCzcB.QkHxw3Vl.dpuf

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