Mike Brown has opened up on their Rugby World Cup heartbreak after being left out of the England squad by Eddie Jones.
The Harlequins fullback held no punches, declaring he believes remains England’s best fullback.
“I tried to put everything I had on the training field, but it wasn’t enough in the end,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live.
“That’s the nature of team sport and selection – it’s one man’s opinion.”
He added: “I feel like I’m the best English full-back, and I think I showed that last season,
“I still think my game is changing and evolving all the time, and my body still feels good.
“All I can do is show on the field the player I am and the character I am. That’s what I did last year [for Harlequins], so I will just keep going.”
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In regards to his alleged scrap with Ben Te’o, the fullback also made a strong comment.
“I don’t feel comfortable going into details when the guys over there are preparing for a massive tournament,” Brown explained.
“People who are close to me – my friends and family, the ones who really matter – know what happened and that’s the most important thing for me.
“There will be a time when I will speak about what happened. But at the moment I have always tried to stick to the team ethos.
“It’s not for me to take attention away and speak about other things that went on.”
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1. Tom Varndell
National League 2 South Bury St Edmunds RUFC have confirmed the signing of former England international Tom Varndell as a coach and player for next season. Still the Premiership’s record try-scorer with 92 from 180 appearances, primarily from spells at Leicester and Wasps – two of the most successful clubs in the modern era – the 34-year-old had looked to have played his last game after departing Yorkshire Carnegie.
Varndell coup for Bury https://t.co/gKxqwZcniH— Laura Hudson at home 🏠 (@laura_hudson1) May 15, 2020