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Monday 18 December 2017

England still hope Mike Brown will play on Sunday

Mike Brown receives treatment on the pitch during yesterday’s match
Mike Brown receives treatment on the pitch during yesterday’s match

England retain hope that Mike Brown will participate in Sunday's 6 Nations showdown with Ireland after completing the latest stage in the return to play protocols for concussion.

Brown was knocked unconscious following an accidental collision with Andrea Masi in the 47-17 victory over Italy and is a doubt for the potential title decider at the Aviva Stadium.

The reigning player of the Championship suffered a recurrence of symptoms last week and was forced to restart the protocols, but completed yesterday's running session and will progress on to the next stage. Alex Goode is on standby to deputise and Chris Pennell is also in the squad as full-back cover

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