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THE SCOTTISH SUN 🔵 My brother’s Scotland captain, but I’ve never seen him play

FOR some sports stars, a family name can feel like a millstone around the neck.

The weight of expectation can be a heavy price for relatives’ fame and glory, and all that comes with it.

Rory Darge has shared responsibilities with Finn Russell this year

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Rory Darge has shared responsibilities with Finn Russell this yearCredit: PA
The openside flanker was at the centre of a controversial end against France

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The openside flanker was at the centre of a controversial end against FranceCredit: PA
Meanwhile Arron's Cove Rangers went out of the Scottish Cup at Kilmarnock

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Meanwhile Arron’s Cove Rangers went out of the Scottish Cup at KilmarnockCredit: David Henderson

So it’s perhaps unsurprising when some DON’T crack a light at their illustrious ancestors or relatives’ successes and try to make a name for themselves.

For some it’s inevitable though.

Especially when it’s one of Scotland‘s less common names – and your big brother is the CAPTAIN.

But that’s the case for Arron Darge, whose Scottish international sibling Rory shares the armband duties with rugby talisman Finn Russell.

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Not that he’s ever mentioned it, nor had the chance to see him in action.

While Rory has amassed 16 caps for Scotland – including the weekend’s nail-biting and controversial defeat to France – Arron has been playing FOOTBALL.

Both started their sporting lives in Edinburgh, Rory moving west to Glasgow Warriors and last summer Arron also followed him out of the capital and headed north to Cove Rangers.

He kept his sporting link secret from boss Paul Hartley though who told BBC Scotland « He’s kept it quiet – I only found out about it last week. »

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Instead of following in his brother’s successful footsteps, he made a name of his own at centre-back with Hearts‘ under-20s before penning a two-year deal at the Balmoral Stadium last summer.

But weekly games in League One mean he has never had the chance to see his brother play – or lead the side out to Murrayfield at the weekend.

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While Scotland were facing France, he was at Kilmarnock for the Scottish Cup last-16.

He does take tips from his big brother though.

Arron said: “I speak to him on the phone all the time.

“It’s good to get his perspective on how they train, and his workload.

“There are a lot of differences between our sports, but there are a lot of similarities, too. »

Speaking to the P&J he added: « It’s brilliant to see him doing well in his career. He’s flying and we’re all so proud of him.

“He has had a lot of different experiences, even though he has only just started his career – from leaving Edinburgh to go to Glasgow and then coming into the Scotland squad.

“He has struggled a lot with injuries and, touch wood, I haven’t had to go through anything like that, but it’s good to have someone who can relate to the ups and downs of sport and we can support each other with that.”

Saturday was a down day for the Darges though with Scotland’s agonising defeat to France capped by a TMO controversy in the final seconds, while Cove crashed out of the Scottish Cup to Kilmarnock.

And the brothers’ schedules don’t work out much either for the remainder of the tournament with Scotland hosting England on Saturday, March 24 when Cove meet Annan at home.

They also round off this season’s series away at Ireland and Italy – and both those games clash with Cove dates with Montrose and Kelty Hearts too.

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