Revitalised Brown itching to prove England worth

HARLEQUINS full-back Mike Brown insists he is ready to carry his scintillating club form onto the international stage after successfully reinventing his game.

Brown, a driving force behind the south Londoners’ rise to the Premiership summit and European charge, has been rewarded with a place in England’s Six Nations squad more than three years after his last cap.

A turbulent Test baptism included thrashings by South Africa as well as an off-field controversy in New Zealand, but the revitalised 25-year-old is now eager for another bite of the cherry. “It has been a long time. I have had to work really hard over the last three years. My attacking game has completely changed since I was last in the England squad. I can’t wait to get started,” said Brown.

“I’m a completely different player from when I played against South Africa and New Zealand. I’ve no reason to be worried about any other teams now.”

Brown, who faces a battle with Northampton’s Ben Foden for the No15 shirt, and Quins are back in Heineken Cup action tomorrow, when they host Gloucester in a must-win Pool Five clash. Elsewhere London Irish host Cardiff Blues.