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Mike Brown: Problems with England team-mates have been resolved

Published 30/01/2016

Mike Brown had not been happy with some of his team-mates' behaviour at the World Cup
Mike Brown had not been happy with some of his team-mates' behaviour at the World Cup

Mike Brown admits the cathartic process of unburdening himself over England's post-World Cup leaks has helped restore his faith in his team-mates.

Brown reacted to the flood of negative stories that emerged in the wake of last autumn's World Cup disaster by stating it would be "difficult" when the squad met up for the RBS 6 Nations as the trust has been "completely shot".

New head coach Eddie Jones revealed he would give the players some money and send them down the pub to settle their difference over a few drinks, but Brown insists that has not been necessary.

"I wasn't happy after the World Cup. I was annoyed," said Brown, whose feisty temperament has seen him dubbed Mr Angry by team-mates.

"I got it off my chest. It's always good to get things off your chest rather than keep it bottled up. It seems to have worked, to have resolved itself.

"As Eddie said it's in the past. If there's anything to sort out it will be done behind closed doors. But it's all good. It's all finished.

"Eddie suggested perhaps a few beers down the pub if needs be, but I'm happy with what I said because it was how I felt. If anyone has an issue with that then I am sure they will say it.

"But as to it having a desired effect, I didn't do it for anyone else, I did it to get how I felt off my chest. What I said was what I thought and I am not here to please anyone else.

"I said what I said. If it works as such, fine. But there are no issues, we are all excited to be here and cracking on with it."

Brown has backed the appointment of Dylan Hartley as captain but admits the fiery Northampton hooker, who has amassed 54 weeks worth of suspensions, is likely to be targeted by opponents.

"Dylan is a good appointment as leader. He has shown what he can do at Northampton," the Harlequins full-back said.

"I've grown up playing alongside him since England Under-21s. He was a leader back then and he is now.

"Dylan leads from the front. He's aggressive, he's confrontational and he never takes a backward step.

"Will teams wind him up? Some would say the same about me I guess. They can try, I'm sure. I'm pretty positive he'll be fine.

"It's fine, It's just about controlling yourself and dealing with that. I guess it goes on a lot, but you don't want to focus too much on one player when you go into a game.

"It's international rugby and if you focus on one guy, then there are 14 other players that will sting you elsewhere. If teams want to do that, that's fine by us."

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