Kelly Brown

Published 6 June 2020


In Speaking Up, former Border Reiver, Glasgow, Saracens and Scotland captain Kelly Brown looks back on his remarkable career, lifting the lid on his sixty-four caps with Scotland and his Premiership and European Cup triumphs with Saracens.


Brown began his rugby career at Earlston High School, playing club rugby Melrose before signing his first professional contract with the Border Reivers in 2005. After the pro team was scrapped in 2007 he moved to Glasgow where he formed a legendary back row partnership known as the Killer Bs with John Barclay and Johnnie Beattie. In 2010, he moved south to Saracens where he enjoyed a stellar career playing alongside some of the biggest names in world rugby, winning Premiership titles in 2011 and 2015 and claiming the Premiership and European Cup double in 2016.


During a decorated nine-year international career with Scotland, Brown led his country on fourteen occasions, appeared in two World Cups and played a significant role in famous victories over England, Ireland, Wales, South Africa and Australia.


But Speaking Up is more than just a fascinating insight into Brown’s time as a rugby player; it throws a light on his courageous battle to conquer a stammer that has afflicted him since childhood and often threatened to cripple both his self-confidence and sense of self-worth. It is a battle that he has faced with dignity, tenacity and humour, becoming an inspirational leader on and off the field, as a coach and as an after-dinner and motivational speaker.


Searingly honest, insightful and reflective, Speaking Up is more than simply an account of the hardships, joys and thrills of playing elite rugby. It is an essential story of ambition, friendship, hard work and courage in the face of adversity.

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