Six Nations 2015: Mike Brown fit to return against Scotland
England confirm Harlequins full-back is symptom-free after coming through training session ahead of Calcutta Cup clash
Mike Brown is in line for an England comeback against Scotland in the RBS 6 Nations next Saturday after returning to full training.
The Harlequins full-back missed the Red Rose’s 19-9 defeat to Ireland in Dublin last week after being knocked out and concussed in England’s 47-17 win over Italy at Twickenham three weeks ago.
A headache proved a setback while going through graduated return-to-play protocols, ruling him out of that game with his place in the starting XV taken by Saracens counterpart Alex Goode, but head coach Stuart Lancaster is expected to restore Brown to his team for the Calcutta Cup clash after he came through a contact session on Friday.
“Mike took a full part in training and will be available for selection,” an England spokesman told the Mail on Sunday.
Brown’s return is just one of a number of potential changes as England look to get their championship back on track after a disappointing outing against the reigning champions in Dublin.
Lancaster has already said he is open to making changes as Vern Cotter’s winless Dark Blues arrive in London.
Northampton Saints lock Courtney Lawes is being lined up for a recall after missing the opening three matches of this year’s championship following ankle surgery.
But the 26-year-old has made a solid return in two Aviva Premiership matches and came through his side’s 33-33 draw with Gloucester on Friday night.
Lancaster will also be able to call on Northampton lock Courtney Lawes after he completed his second game for Saints following the ankle surgery which saw him miss England’s opening three Six Nations fixtures.
Brad Barritt is also being lined up for a return to the England midfield if he comes through Saracens’s Premiership match on Sunday with Luther Burrell set to miss out.
Burrell has started all three of England’s matches at inside centre alongside Jonathan Joseph, but has been struggling with a calf problem, leaving Lancaster with a decision on whether to drop Barritt straight into the starting XV or go with Gloucester’s Billy Twelvetrees, who has been inconsistent for his club this season.
Saints flanker Tom Wood could also return to the match-day squad after recovering from an ankle injury, although he is unlikely to replace Wasps captain James Haskell at blindside, but may force his way on to the bench at the expense of Leicester’s Tom Croft.
The England training squad return to Pennyhill Park after this weekend’s Premiership action, with a return to training expected on Tuesday with Lancaster due to name his team to face Scotland on Wednesday.