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Mike Brown: Leicester City triumph can inspire England on tour to Australia

England full-back Mike Brown feels Leicester City's stunning title triumph can inspire the national rugby union side to success in Australia this summer.

Brown also believes England have their very own Claudio Ranieri in the shape of head coach Eddie Jones.

Ranieri's unfancied side shocked the sporting world by lifting the Barclays Premier League crown just a year after struggling against relegation.

Brown, 30, was part of the England team which completed the Six Nations Grand Slam earlier this year and hopes to be heading Down Under next month.

He sees similar attributes to Foxes boss Ranieri in Australian Jones, who is rarely without a smile on his face in public, but beneath that veneer is a shrewd operator desperate for success.

"It just shows that if you have that drive to succeed, the willingness to work hard and that team ethos Leicester have, you can achieve anything," Brown, speaking at the launch of Thank You Rugby, told Press Association Sport.

"I'm a big believer in looking at other sports and taking what you can from it and that's the message you can take from Leicester.

"They may not be big names, until now, but still they've achieved what everyone wants to achieve by working hard, by playing as a team.

"Eddie Jones is demanding with his players, always challenging you, and that's because he wants us to succeed. I'm sure Claudio Ranieri has that side of him as well.

"Off the field he has that side where he likes us to enjoy each other's company and have those fun times as well. That's a big part of getting success on the field.

"The Grand Slam has got to be just the start. We have to do that multiple times and we have to push the Southern Hemisphere teams.

"We want to be the number one team in the world and that starts now with the Aussies. I'd love to be selected and have a crack at the number two team in the world and hopefully push them all the way.

"If we keep improving like we have been - and Eddie will keep pushing us hard - then there's no reason why we can't."

:: Mike Brown has launched a nationwide campaign to celebrate the positive impact that rugby has on individuals, schools and communities across the UK. The campaign marks this year's graduation celebrations for CBRE All Schools - a programme run by England Rugby to get over 1,000,000 school children actively involved in rugby by 2019.


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