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Back from the wilderness to captain his country again, Scotland's Kelly Brown is adamant that retiring from international duty never crossed his mind.
Flanker Brown was dropped by interim head coach Scott Johnson for the defeat to England as well the last-gasp victory over Italy and as a result, he returns to a side where the relief is palpable.
Last time he featured for Scotland a solid first-half performance gave way to a limp one after the break against Ireland but while defeat to England compounded their woes, Duncan Weir's decisive drop goal against Italy has lifted the gloom.
Now back at Murrayfield they smell blood against a France side so ruthlessly put to the sword by Wales last time out and Brown is eager to prove that he warrants a return to the side for the rest of the RBS 6 Nations.
"Playing for Scotland is something I used to dream of as a child and it's a very, very special honour," he said.
"I know that in professional sport, the road is not always smooth and so I just saw it as one more challenge that I was looking forward to overcoming.
"There is no doubt I was very disappointed because I absolutely love playing for Scotland and it is something I would never take for granted. But it is fantastic to be back in the side.
"Scott has been very open and honest with me the whole way through and we've had good chats. That's not to say we always agree but I think as long as we're both open and honest with each other then that's a good thing.
"I've taken what he said on-board and I've been working on it and I feel my form at Saracens over the last month has been pretty good."
Brown's return is one of three changes to the side with Geoff Cross getting the nod at tighthead from the start, having come off the bench in Rome to shore up the scrum.
Elsewhere, David Denton returns to No.8 with Johnnie Beattie moving to the blindside and with Jim Hamilton and Richie Gray continuing in the second row, three of Scotland's pack play their club rugby in France.
Meanwhile, Philippe Saint-Andre has not been afraid to make changes following the heavy defeat to Wales in Cardiff but he's at pains to point out it was their first of the competition and they remain in the hunt for the title.
In total there are seven new faces with injuries prompting the introduction of Sebastien Vahaamahina at flanker, Brice Mach at hooker and Maxime Mermoz at centre.
Elsewhere, Damien Chouly comes in at No.8 for Louis Picamoles, who was dropped for his dissent in Cardiff, Maxime Machenaud gets the nod at scrum-half and Maxime Medard returns on the left wing.
"We are expecting a bit reaction from the players so that our supporters can be proud of their team at Murrayfield," said Saint-Andre.
"We can still win the tournament, many people seem to have forgotten that but we will be very focused on this match.
"We will need courage, some spark, an enormous desire from everyone individually and collectively.
"We are going to try and be intelligent, to play as a team.
"In Cardiff that did not happen, not for us the staff in terms of how we prepared for the match but also the players at the start of the match."
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