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Brown thanks mentor O'Shea

19th February 2013 11:58

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Ireland v England Mike Brown Rob Kearney

Thanks O'Shea: Brown

England full-back Mike Brown has paid tribute to club boss Conor O'Shea for helping him return to the international setup following a four-year absence.

The 27-year-old, who has been one of the most consistent players in the Aviva Premiership over recent seasons, currently wears 11 for England.

And the in-form Brown has revealed that his return to international colours has been a long road that rugby director O'Shea assisted him on throughout.

"Conor promised me I'd get back in the England team if I stuck with Quins," he told BBC London 94.9.

"When he turned up I was coming to the end of my contract and wasn't sure whether I'd stay. He has been working hard with me on what I can improve on."

"He is a great mentor to have. He has been there and done it for Ireland.

"He is easy to talk to when I need to and is great to have someone who played the same position as me to bounce ideas off.

"He is so positive and easy to talk to."

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