“He’s started the season brilliantly” – Mike Brown picks his England XV with surprise number 8

England legend Mike Brown has selected the backline he’d like to see head coach Eddie Jones deploy during the quick approaching Autumn Nations Series.

Using the article he wrote over the weekend for the Mail Online, combined with his XV prediction for the 2023 Rugby World Cup, we present how the 72-cap fullback would like the team to look moving forward.

England’s autumn fixtures

  • England vs Tonga, 3.15pm on Sat 6 Nov
  • England vs Australia, 5.30pm on Sat 13 Nov
  • England vs South Africa, 3.15pm on Sat 20 Nov

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DID YOU KNOW? Brown married long term partner, fashion designer Eliza Scarlett Woodcock, the daughter of former England international footballer Tony Woodcock, in summer 2016



  • 15. Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers)
  • 14. Max Malins (Saracens)
  • 11. Adam Radwan (Newcastle Falcons)

Brown wrote: “Marcus is great at bringing the wide men into the game and I’d love to see him combine with a back-three of Adam Radwan, Max Malins and Freddie Steward.

“There’s some electric running ability there and they could provide brilliant back-field cover. All three have started the season positively and Eddie deserves credit for selecting players on form.

“PS I was gutted to see Anthony Watson pick up another injury at the weekend. He’s exactly the type of attacking player England need and would have been one of the starting wingers this autumn. We wish him a fast recovery.”


  • 13. Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs)
  • 12. Manu Tuilagi (Sale Sharks)

Brown wrote: “I would like to see Manu Tuilagi and Henry Slade outside him. 

“They’re all in good form for their clubs and there would be a nice balance of skills. But Eddie named Owen as captain this week so I expect he will start.”


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