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Mike Brown has been out since the six nations after he was knocked unconscious in a tackle. The Staff Handbook details what the protocols are for dealing with a head injury and in fact, head injuries are now being looked at more closely, with changes likely to the staff handbook that will include further protocols, both on and off the pitch.
Mike Brown hasn’t played rugby since then so is he needs to be given game to get up to speed and also see if there are any reoccurrences of the concussion. Even though England have been in training since early June, there is no substitute for real match practice. You just can’t fully replicate those full blooded conditions in your own camp with your own players. I’m sure the backroom staff have done a great job but on Saturday will give us the answer.
Another Harlequins player to need game time is Chris Robshaw, the England captain. Even this close to the world cup, the press are giving Robshaw stick for not being a stereotypical, by the handbook, open side flanker. Even Neil Back today came out and said he’s not in the top 5 open sides in the world.
Talk of Steffon Armitage still rumbles on, and is as helpful as cricket fanes talking about Kevin Peiterson being missed, although I notice no one has mentioned his name for a while after England won the ashes convincingly! When Armitage went to Toulon he knew he was giving up International Rugby. He wanted the money and the lifestyle over the chance to play for England, which I don’t have a problem with, but you can’t have your cake and eat it.
And certain journalists banging on about it is quite frankly is embarrassing. England don’t pick overseas players lads…let it go!! So Robshaw is the best available player to play in that position and is one hell of a leader.
Based on how long he’s been captain, I’m sure he would have a significant grievance to be left out. The process of how to deal with this will be detailed in the staff handbook that’s provided to the players/back room staff.
There’s probably more debate with his choice on the blind side of the scrum.