Fraser James Macgregor Brown made his Scotland debut as an injury replacement on Scotland's 2013 summer tour to South Africa a few short months after representing Scotland Club XV in Bourgoin-Jallieu, against their French counterparts.
His first Scotland appearance at BT Murrayfield came six months later in the second-half of the loss to New Zealand in the 2014 Autumn Test before making his RBS 6 Nations debut against France in Paris.
Brown went on to feature as a replacement in every match of the 2015 Championship before earning his first start for Scotland in the Summer Tests later that year - against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium.
His performances - both for Glasgow in their PRO12 title-winning year and internationally - to earn selection in Scotland's 31-man squad for the Rugby World Cup 2015, where he featured in all five games, starting against South Africa at St James' Park.
Brown has gradually worked his way into contention for then number two shirt since the RWC, starting all but one of the 2017 Six Nations matches.
He went on to score his first Scotland try on the subsequent summer tour, against Fiji in Suva.
He made an appearance in the final match of Scotland's Autumn Tests at BT Murrayfield later that year after injury left him out of selection for the Samoa and New Zealand games.
A concussion picked up at the start of 2018 meant Fraser had to sit out the beginning of the 2018 NatWest 6 Nations, making his return off the bench in Dublin for Stuart McInally. His performance was awarded with a start a week later in Scotland's third test win of their campaign in Rome in the final round of the championship.
Brown then returned to feature in all three Tests on the 2018 summer tour, showcasing his broad skill-set and depth of understanding of the game with a starting role on the openside flank in the national team's 44-15 win over Argentina in Resistencia.
It was the third time that Brown – typically a hooker – had operated on the openside for his country but his first start in the role, having twice featured off the bench in the position against USA in 2015 and 2018.
He won four caps during the 2019 Rugby World Cup, twice at hooker and twice on the flank.
In Six Nations the following year he would go on to earn his 50th cap for his country - the fourth player in history to do so at hooker (Colin Deans, Gordon Bulloch and Ross Ford the others) and the 43rd half-centurion overall.
Through the ranks
Fraser was Merchiston Castle School captain in 2006/07 and played for Scotland in the Six Nations’ under-18 festival in the Glasgow area in April that season.
He made his under-20 international debut in February 2008, playing as a replacement in the Falkirk match in which Scotland opened their campaign in the age group’s 6 Nations, and earned his first start against England at Falkirk in March. He played in all five matches in that championship, starting in two.
The following year he led Scotland under-20 to an 18-17 victory against Wales at McDiarmid Park, Perth, on the opening day of the 2009 6 Nations but, because of injury in that match, missed the age group's other matches in that programme.
He returned to the under-20 squad for the IRB Junior World Championship in Japan in May that year, captaining the Scots against Samoa and Japan.
Date of birth: 20/06/89
Scotland Debut: June 2013
Place of birth: Edinburgh
2013 to present
2010 to 2011
Ireland , England, Italy (replacement), France , Georgia, Wales, France, Ireland
Ireland (replacement), France (replacement), Wales (replacement), England (replacement), Ireland(2) (replacement), Samoa (replacement), Russia, Japan
Ireland (replacement), Italy, Canada, USA (replacement), Argentina
Ireland, France, Wales, England, Italy (replacement), Italy (replacement), Australia, Fiji (replacement), Australia (replacement)
Japan (replacement), Japan (replacement), Australia (replacement), Argentina, Georgia (replacement)
France (replacement), Wales (replacement), Italy (replacement), England (replacement), Ireland (replacement), Ireland, France (replacement), Japan (replacement), USA (replacement), South Africa, Samoa (replacement), USA (replacement)
New Zealand (replacement), Tonga (replacement)