Springboks

England's Brown thinks he deserves more respect

2018-06-19 18:05
Mike Brown (Getty)

Cape Town - England wing Mike Brown feels he deserves more respect after receiving plenty of criticism during their ongoing series in South Africa.

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Brown, who has scored two tries in two Tests against the Springboks in the unfamiliar position of wing, is preparing for the final showdown.

He feels though that he's been the victim of unwarranted criticism and hopes supporters and media look at what he's achieved in the game.

"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, fullback - I'm the most capped fullback 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 also spoke of the unfortunate incident after the second Test loss in Bloemfontein that saw Joe Marler and a fan exchange heated words.

"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."

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