Harlequins and England full-back Mike Brown has confirmed he has recovered from an ankle injury ahead of Saturday’s Champions Cup match against La Rochelle.
Brown aggravated the injury during a Premiership game against Leicester Tigers last month and appeared to be a doubt for England's November tests but after undergoing scans it has been confirmed not to be serious and the 32-year-old says ahead of the Champions Cup tie just how much the Wasps have missed the competition.
"The Champions Cup is a great platform and, at Harlequins, it is absolutely where we want to be. We've missed it," Brown told the Telegraph.
Meanwhile, Brown has reaffirmed his determination to keep his place in Eddie Jones' England squad for the tests to come against Argentina, Australia and Samoa.
"I absolutely love playing for England but I don't take it for granted. I know what hard work it has taken from me to get there and know that it will be even harder to stay there," Brown said.
"I've got to keep showing everyone, here at Harlequins and also with Eddie and England, why I deserve to be in the side. That's what I'm set on doing."
And the 62-capped England star says that the birth of his new-born has made him 'more determined than ever to deliver'.
“I couldn’t do any longer without action so once I had a scan then I had a plan and could get on with rehab," said Brown.
”You do worry a bit when you get an injury, particularly when you get to my age and realise that you don’t want to miss anything. I certainly never want to give anyone an opportunity to get my shirt. That is what has always driven me.
“But the birth of Jax has made me more determined than ever to deliver. There is an extra person now that I want to impress, that I want to make proud of me."