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Thursday 17 August 2017

Burrell: It's great to have 'Mr Angry' Brown yelling at us

Mike Brown
Mike Brown

Luther Burrell has revealed that England's 'Mr Angry' is intent on releasing a month's worth of pent up frustration when Scotland visit Twickenham tomorrow.

Mike Brown was knocked unconscious against Italy on February 14 and was forced to sit out the defeat by Ireland after suffering a setback in the return to play protocols for concussion.

Now restored to full fitness, Brown returns for England's tilt at reviving their RBS 6 Nations title challenge and Burrell will be only too pleased to hear the fiery full-back barking orders once again.

"It's always good having an angry man behind you, shouting and doing his thing. He's an exciting player," Burrell said.

"He's constantly on us and is a good leader. He's been itching to get himself right and back out there, just to release some of his anger. Off the pitch he's just as angry. He's just always angry."

England missed the comfort blanket Brown provides at full-back as their Grand Slam quest ground to a halt in Dublin in a result that has seen Ireland reinstated as title favourites.

England's final training session on Wednesday afternoon in preparation for the penultimate round of the Six Nations was full-blooded, releasing the angst that had built up after the no-show against Ireland.

Stuart Lancaster was forced to blow the whistle early, fearing the consequences as the intensity of the exchanges between the rival XVs at the squad's training camp escalated.

"With a session like that it sets us up nicely for the weekend," Burrell said.

 

england v scotland, live rte2/bbc1, tomorrow (5.0)

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