Arguably the best player in the Six Nations, England full-back Mike Brown has discarded his nickname and is focusing on victory.
Arguably the best player in the Six Nations so far, England full-back Mike Brown has discarded his nickname and is focusing on victory.
Brown, now 28, has scored tries for England this year against France and Scotland, plus he provided a stunning assist for Danny Care's match-winning try against Ireland two weeks ago.
With Wales and their 11 British and Irish Lions now coming to Twickenham, Brown admits that he enjoys the competition but is at his most relaxed on the field.
“I was called 'Mr Angry' when I first joined Quins but it's not about being angry. I'm competitive and want to win,” said Brown.
“I'm always fired up. Every time I step on the pitch I'm fired up to play. I want to do the best I can for whatever team I'm playing for.
“I enjoy the confrontational side of rugby, standing up for myself or a team-mate. That competitiveness applies to most sports.
“Being on a rugby field is probably where I feel most comfortable on life.
“As soon as I step out there I feel confident and feel like I grow as a person. I love being out there.”
Despite his status as the tournament's best player, Brown's focus is more on the team, adding that the extra attention makes him feel uncomfortable.
“I don't really see myself as the star of the team, it makes me feel a bit uncomfortable,” added Brown.
“I feel pressure in very game to play the best I can. I've shown in a Quins shirt that I want to play well in every game. When I'm not I'm pretty hard on myself.
“Sometimes I look at the negatives before I look at the positives, so I don't feel pressure outside of myself.
“I guess that focus on the negatives has helped drive me to become the player I am. It's fine as long as I don't dwell on them too much.
“I don't think I have recently because I've matured a person and as a player.”