Brown's influence on England continues

Mike Brown, pictured, is enjoying his England resurgence under coach Stuart Lancaster

Mike Brown, pictured, is enjoying his England resurgence under coach Stuart Lancaster

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For the second RBS 6 Nations match running, Mike Brown has been rated by the Rugby Football Union's own TryTracker analysis as being the England player who had the most influence.

The statistical-based system rated Brown's contribution in England's 12-6 victory over Ireland as being above those of captain Chris Robshaw, the official man of the match, and Geoff Parling.

"We always know we need to work hard on our game," Brown said. "I am really enjoying playing with these guys and I am learning so much from the coaches. And it really helps when you are winning!"

Brown made ground with every carry, did not miss a tackle and his influence when England were down to 14-men with James Haskell in the sin-bin was close to match-winning. Employed on the left wing, Brown played a key role in winning two penalties which Owen Farrell converted to give England their match-winning lead.

Brown was singled out for praise by Stuart Lancaster, who brought the 27-year-old back into the England fold after he had been consistently overlooked by Martin Johnson.

"I have had to work hard to get back in the squad and into the team and there is no way I am going to let this pass me by," Brown said. "I am learning so much from Andy Farrell and Mike Catt. It was tough getting into a new role but I have done all right so far and I want to make myself the best wing I can be and stay in the position.

"As soon as Stuart got the job he made sure we had the right culture and the right players that would buy into that culture - really competitive characters, guys who maybe didn't have the opportunity before and want to prove a point.

"That is where the character of this team stems from. We have the belief in our own ability a confidence but not arrogance."

England will release the replacements bench selected against Ireland back to their clubs on Wednesday evening to allow them to take part in the weekend's Aviva Premiership fixtures. Danny Care, Toby Flood, Dylan Hartley, Courtney Lawes, Manu Tuilagi, Mako Vunipola, Thomas Waldrom and David Wilson will be available for club duty.

England will begin a training camp at St George's Park, Burton, on Tuesday lasting until Thursday afternoon and will be joined by Freddie Burns, Alex Corbisiero and Ben Morgan, who are rehabilitating injuries.

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