Mike Brown ‘looking good’ for England’s tour of New Zealand
Harlequins full-back Mike Brown declares himself fit for England's summer tour of New Zealand
Harlequins star Mike Brown has declared himself fit for England’s summer tour of New Zealand next month.
The full-back—who enjoyed a stellar season for club and country—revealed the news after he collected the England Player of the Year award at the Rugby Players’ Association annual dinner on Wednesday night.
I’ve got great people around me to help me get fit and I can’t wait to get out to New Zealand
“It’s a deep hip muscle injury,” Brown said. “I gave everything a big yank when I was twisted in the tackle on that turf. I overstretched it all.
“It’s feeling good each day. A bit more recovery and on Monday I’ll be ready to rock and roll in training. It’s definitely looking good for that first Test.”
England are expected to go into the first Test against the world’s best nation understrength with the match in Auckland taking place seven days after the Aviva Premiership final involving Saracens and Northampton Saints.
Stuart Lancaster must also prepare a squad to take on a Barbarians side full of French-based internationals at Twickenham on 1 June and has to cope with injury doubts over a number of players and his selection headache looked to have worsened when Brown—the Six Nations player of the tournament—limped out of Harlequins’ semi-final defeat to Saracens.
“I’ve had the same problem before after tough games, but to a lesser extent, so I know how to get rid of it and what I need to do,” he added.
“I’ve got great people around me to help me get fit and I can’t wait to get out to New Zealand.”
While Lancaster may be sweating over a number of key players involved in the European finals this weekend and next week’s Premiership final, Brown is confident that next year’s Rugby World Cup hosts can come away from New Zealand with success regardless of who plays in the three Tests.
“I don’t see why we can’t win this series,” he said. “We’ve put in two good performances against New Zealand, beaten them once and narrowly lost once.
“It will be unbelievably tough playing the number one team on their home patch. They’ll come flying into us and the fact we’re missing a few guys for that first Test makes it even harder for us.
“But there are guys who will come in and will be desperate to show what they can do in an England shirt.”