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South Africa v England: Mike Brown says

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South Africa v England: Mike Brown says

‘I am not a robotic’ – Brown on row with followers
Third Take a look at: South Africa v England
Venue: Newlands Stadium Date: Saturday, 23 June Kick-off: 16:05 BST
Protection: Stay radio and textual content commentary on BBC Radio 5 stay, BBC Sport web site and cell app.

England’s Mike Brown stated he’s “not a robotic” after he was concerned in a verbal altercation with a fan following Saturday’s defeat by South Africa.

Full-back Brown and prop Joe Marler exchanged words with a supporter after the second Take a look at in Bloemfontein.

Brown, 32, instructed BBC Sport that when an England fan is “screaming obscenities and saying you are not making an attempt, you’ll have a response”.

“I simply instructed him to close up mainly,” added the Harlequins participant.

“You may name me no matter by way of how I’ve performed, that is superb. However do not flip round and say I am not making an attempt once I’m coming off with bumps and bruises and aching and I’ve given the whole lot I can for England.”

England’s defeat on the Free State Stadium was their sixth in a row, and gamers and coaches had been visibly pissed off on the collection defeat.

In addition to the incident involving Marler and Brown, scrum-half Ben Youngs walked out of a tv interview, for which he later apologised.

“I missed Marler’s interplay with him,” stated Brown. “However as he walked off, I then received it off this so-called fan.

“He stated one thing alongside the strains of, ‘we’re not making an attempt arduous sufficient’. After all [it hurts] – you’ve got seen how arduous we prepare and the way a lot we knock one another about, and what we undergo for a complete season not to mention simply on tour.

“I am not a robotic, I am a human being who places it on the market each week. I put my physique on the road and take a look at my finest for my nation.

“So when somebody says one thing like that, I will react. It was fairly a reserved response for me I feel. I am very proud of it and the way in which I reacted in that circumstance.”

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