Brown will take confidence from Lions talk

Scotland hooker Fraser Brown insisted he was not disappointed to miss out on a British & Irish Lions place — but will take confidence from being linked with Warren Gatland’s squad.

Glasgow forward Brown was initially tipped to feature in Gatland’s 41-man squad to tour New Zealand this summer, but ultimately missed out as the Kiwi opted to select Ireland’s Rory Best, Wales’ Ken Owens and England’s Jamie George instead.

Speaking of his omission, Brown said: “That wasn’t something that came into my reckoning this year. When I started the season I wanted to play well with Glasgow and take the number two shirt with Scotland.

“I am not going to lie. It is hard to shut it out when it is in the press and media every time. But it is not something I ever thought I was aiming for.

“It would have been a bonus but at the same time we have a game this weekend for Glasgow then three big games for Scotland during our own summer tour.

“For me that is the next progression. I set goals at the beginning of every year and the Lions were not on my check box.

“To be mentioned as a contender is brilliant for my confidence, though. It means you are doing something right on the pitch.

“I have been playing well this year and others are recognising you are putting in performances every week. It is nice to get input that you are playing well and people recognise that.

“So, yeah, to be spoken about in those terms is a massive confidence boost and I have to work hard to make sure my name stays up there.”