Aviva Premiership: England’s Mike Brown relishing return to Quins action
Aviva Premiership: Mike Brown excited to get back to Harlequins action after impressive Six Nations campaign
Mike Brown can’t wait to get back into Aviva Premiership action with Harlequins after his impressive Six Nations campaign.
The 28-year-old Six Nations player of the championship scored four tries in five matches and picked up three man-of-the-match awards as he, along with club colleagues Danny Care, Joe Marler and captain Chris Robshaw, won England’s first Triple Crown in 10 years, but missed out on the championship title.
I’m raring to go
And Quins play-off hopes took a dent at the weekend after a 39-17 defeat by London rivals Saracens at Wembley, with Leicester Tigers and Bath both bagging bonus-point wins to edge nine points clear of the Twickenham-based side with five rounds to go and Brown concedes they need to win every match.
“As a rugby player you will always want to play in matches, but there are times like last weekend where you just have to take a step back and listen to other people. I’m raring to go,” Brown said.
“We need to win every game now, but that is nothing new as we want to win every game we play in.
“We will take each game as it comes. It is such a great league, anyone on their day can beat any team; we will keep fighting and keep trying to pick up the wins.”
While England colleagues, including Owen Farrell and Luther Burrell have already returned to club starts with many more of Stuart Lancaster’s squad coming off the bench in round 17, Brown was almost 3,500 miles away in Dubai for a well-earned rest after clocking up over 540 metres made in the Six Nations.
“I felt great having the break last week, just to get over those knocks and bumps from such a bruising and intense international period,” Brown added.
“Beating teams like Ireland and Wales was really satisfying, they are brilliant teams. We beat the Irish team that went on to win the tournament, so that gives us a lot of confidence for the tour of New Zealand.”
After easily his best performances in an England jersey, Brown is guaranteed a seat on the plane for this summer’s tour if he can stay fit, but his current focus is overhauling the Premiership’s runaway pack with five difficult games to come including showdowns with three of the current top four.
“We can definitely do it,” Brown said. “Like England, we have a massive belief in our squad and how we play, there is no reason why we can’t. Everything is still in our hands and it’s all to play for, we can definitely do it.
“When we put our game on the park, we can test anyone and that starts this weekend against a very tough London Irish team.”