By Ali Stokes
In light of England’s sixth consecutive defeat in Bloemfontein last weekend, England fullback Mike Brown, who has earned his last two caps on the wing, feels he deserves more respect than his fellow countrymen are currently showing him.
“I’ve come in for a bit of criticism but I’m on 71 caps now, it would be nice to get a little bit of respect sometimes,” Brown told Sky Sports.
“I’ve played wing, full-back – I’m the most capped full-back in English rugby. It would be nice for people to see some of the unseen work I do apart from scoring tries.
“I don’t need to say what I’ve achieved in my career. I love playing for England and with these guys and I will keep working hard on this journey to the World Cup and hopefully I will be there.”
Brown, 32, was also caught up in a verbal altercation with English fans after seeing Harlequins teammate Joe Marler engaging in the post-game squabble.
“I caught the back end off him (Marler) walking off and some supporter decided to lean over and give him some abuse,” he said. “When a guy who you think should be supporting you is saying you aren’t trying your best and that is putting it nicely, I just told him to shut up basically.
“We try day-in-day-out to get better and we are out there trying our best and if somebody is telling you are not then they are way off the mark. We stick up for ourselves if someone is saying something we don’t like.”
Brown and Marler are set to help England avoid a series whitewash this weekend through a victory in Cape Town. With Mako Vunipola and Ellis Genge both flying home to England over the weekend, Marler is all but guaranteed a starting role, while Brown will be forced to fight off the challenges of Denny Solomona, Nathan Earle and Jason Woodward to retain his spot in the first XV.
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