Alastair David Kellock became the 34th Scot to reach the milestone of 50 or more caps for Scotland when he was introduced as a second-half substitute in the RBS 6 Nations Championship victory over Ireland at Murrayfield in February 2013.
He scored his first try for Scotland to mark his first match in the Championship as Scotland captain - the 24-31 loss to France in Paris in February 2011. Throughout the tournament Kellock put in a power of work and topped the Scots' individual tackle count with a thumping 75 - including some 22 tackles in the win against Italy which ended the campaign.
Al took over as Scotland’s captain when Chris Cusiter was injured in the first half of the Murrayfield international against Australia in November 2009, and under his leadership for nearly an hour the team scored a famous, victory by just 9-8: it was Scotland’s first win against Australia since the 1982 Brisbane Test, ending a run of 16 defeats by the Wallabies.
Better was to follow in the two Tests of Scotland's 2010 summer tour to Argentina. Kellock was named as captain from the outset - Scotland's 109th Test match captain - and, once again, he led the side with aplomb, registering the first ever Test win by an away nation in Tucuman, and following that a week later with a 13-9 win in Mar del Plata, thus booking Scotland's first overseas tour Test series triumph.
Returning from knee surgery, he was named at the end of January as Scotland's captain for the opening 2011 RBS 6 Nations Championship game against France and for the that year's Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
Al made his first Six Nations Championship start in Scotland’s victory over France at Murrayfield in February 2006. His senior Scotland debut was in the non-cap tour game against Queensland Reds on the 2004 summer tour of Australia, and he followed that by coming on as a replacement in the games against New South Wales Country and New South Wales Waratahs.
He went on to gain his first cap against Australia at Murrayfield in the opening match of the 2004 Abbey Autumn Tests, coming on as a replacement, as he did when he won his second cap against Romania in the summer of 2005.
A former pupil of Bishopbriggs High School, Alastair played in 10 internationals while with Edinburgh Gunners before moving back west to join Glasgow Warriors in summer 2006. He played for Scotland against England at Twickenham in 2007, but after injury while playing for Warriors the following season he did not figure in the national squad until he made replacement appearances in both Tests on the tour to Argentina in June 2008.
It was eight months later before he was back in the team for a Six Nations match, when Scotland beat Italy at Murrayfield, though it was to be his only appearance in that season’s championship.
Al made such a favourable impression on his arrival in the Glasgow squad that he was appointed captain. His first competition appearance as captain was against Newport Gwent Dragons at Hughenden on the Magners League’s opening day, and he continued in charge for the 2007-2008 season. In his final season with the Gunners he led the team twice, first in an away victory against Leinster in November 2005.
He has twice toured New Zealand on representative duty. On the first occasion, in 1999, he was part of the Scottish Youth tour, and his second trip was with the Glasgow Thistles in 2000. Alastair has played for Scotland in under-19 and under-21 international rugby, including the younger age group’s 2000 world championship in Chile.
He added to his honours by playing in the team who won three A internationals in 2008 – against Italy by 37-15 at Mogliano, near Venice, against Ireland (67-7) at McDiarmid Park, Perth, and captain against Georgia (69-3) on his home ground, Firhill. He had three more appearances in Scotland A wins in the IRB Nations Cup in Bucharest in June 2009, when he scored a try against Russia.
His club rugby was initially with Allan Glen’s before he moved to Stirling County, from where he was awarded his professional contract with Edinburgh. Alastair, who is a member of the Scottish Institute of Sport, played district rugby for Glasgow at all four levels from under-16 to under-19 and was in the Scottish Schools’ team in 1998-1999 as well as touring New Zealand with the Scottish youth development squad in 1999.