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Sunday 17 December 2017

Mike Brown given chance to recover

Mike Brown of England receives medical attention during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Italy at Twickenham Stadium on February 14, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images) ***BESTPIX***
Mike Brown of England receives medical attention during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Italy at Twickenham Stadium on February 14, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images) ***BESTPIX***

England have handed Mike Brown two days' complete rest in a bid to ensure their first-choice full-back can face Ireland in a potential 6 Nations decider in Dublin.

Brown (pictured) was removed by stretcher in the early stages of England's 47-17 victory over Italy at Twickenham on Saturday, but watched the majority of the second-half from the touchline.

Head coach Stuart Lancaster had said Brown was "frustrated" to miss the brunt of the Italy clash after a blow to the head on Saturday but England are taking no chances. Brown will continue to observe the return-to-play concussion protocols this week, as England start preparations to for the Dublin clash on March 1.

Bath, meanwhile, have announced that scrum-half Peter Stringer will leave the club at the end of this season.

Stringer, who won 98 caps for Ireland, joined Bath just over two years ago.

Stringer, 37, said: "I am, of course, disappointed not to be staying at Bath, but I am very much looking forward to the next chapter of my rugby career elsewhere."

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