Mike Brown defends intensity of England training camp

Mike Brown defends intensity of Eddie Jones’ England training camp

England’s controversial high-intensity training camp was exactly what the team needed to cope with Test match rugby, vice-captain Mike Brown has said despite several players being injured during it.

Wasps flanker Sam Jones broke his leg, Bath’s Anthony Watson suffered a broken jaw, Exeter’s fellow winger Jack Nowell tore a quad, while a handful of other players returned with minor knocks.

The intensity of the camp created a rift with the players’ clubs with Premiership Rugby describing it as unnecessary.

Brown, however, said it was needed as the team look to internationals against South Africa, Fiji, Argentina and Australia, which begin next month.

“We need that intensity when we meet up because international rugby is a step up,” said the Harlequins full-back.

“It puts us in a good place in terms of our preparation for South Africa. We need to make sure the intensity there, and that’s the whole point of these camps,” said Brown.”It’s unlucky people got injured and hopefully they get back on the pitch as soon as possible.”

England’s autumn internationals begin against South Africa on 12 November, with further matches against Fiji on 19 November, Argentina on 26 November and Australia on 3 December.


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