Harlequin Brown is on fire and nearing his peak
Full back Mike Brown has started the season like a house on fire and director of rugby Conor O’Shea reckons that puts him at the front of the queue to be England’s first choice full back this autumn.
The 27-year-old was man of the match in Friday’s four-try 37-13 demolition of Worcester Warriors at Sixways.
Brown, magnificent against Northampton Saints seven days earlier according to his boss, started for England in his preferred 15 shirt during the summer tour of Argentina, having been used as a winger during the Six Nations.
And O’Shea reckons his current club form could see the switch made permanent.
“Mike has been in fantastic form for the past few years and I think he actually has his best years ahead of him,” said O’Shea.
“He is in possession of the shirt having started at full back in the summer.
“Like most of this club’s England players they are just focused on Harlequins.
“Mike knows if he plays well at full back for Quins then everything else takes care of itself. That is all that matters.”
Tries from Danny Care, Brown, Joe Marler and Rob Buchanan – and 14 points from the boot of Nick Evans and three from Ben Botica – saw Quins secure a second win of the season last week.
They host Saracens on Saturday with O’Shea asking his men for a repeat performance.
“We were far from perfect. There were areas where we could have been better, but in terms of our physicality, work rate and ambition – things we pride ourselves on – I could not fault them,” he added.
“We’ll win a lot of games if we can keep doing that week in week out, but Saracens will be a big test for us.”
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