England fullback Mike Brown insists that he’s just a passionate player and not ‘the angry man’ that fans often perceive him to be.
Brown, who is England’s most capped fullback of all time, claims that his passion on the field is often misunderstood as anger and likened his approach to the game to that of England teammate Owen Farrell.
“You’ve got people like myself a bit like Owen Farrell who like to play on the edge,” Brown told the BBC.
“I do get called ‘the angry man’ but I think it is more passion and I don’t think it has a detrimental effect on my game at all.”
Brown played the full 80 minutes in England’s Six Nations opener against France last weekend in a new-look back three that also featured Gloucester’s Jonny May and Wasps’ Elliot Daly.
May is reportedly facing intense pressure from Exeter’s Jack Nowell to retain his place on England’s right wing, while in the back row, Tom Wood’s place in the England starting team is also in doubt after the Northampton flanker sat out of training on Tuesday with a shoulder injury.
England defence coach Paul Gustard insisted that Wood would be available for this weekend’s trip to Cardiff to take on Wales where England will be looking for their 15th consecutive victory after last weekend’s come-from-behind win against France at Twickenham.
Jack O’Toole, Pundit Arena