Mike Brown believes he is yet to hit his peak and can still number among the game’s premier full-backs at World Cup 2019.

The 30-year-old full-back will aim to drive Harlequins into a second European Challenge Cup final in five years on Friday night, when Conor O’Shea’s men face Grenoble at the Stoop.

Quins boss O’Shea will leave Twickenham for Italy’s head coaching post this summer, with his charges keen to cap the rugby director’s west London tenure with European silverware.

Brown faces continued pressure from Saracens’ Alex Goode for his England shirt, but still reckons he can continue to thrive in the Test arena – right up to the next World Cup in Japan.


Brown told Press Association Sport:

The competition’s in my head. If I keep pushing myself, I believe I can be one of the best players in the world in my position. I believe that, and you have to have that confidence and belief if you want to play and thrive at the top level.

I work hard every day on the training field, hard on what Eddie (Jones, England head coach) wants me to do and what the Quins coaches want me to do. I do feel over the next four years I’ve got so much more to give and learn, and to progress.

You’ve got to keep believing you can get better and I do honestly believe that. I’ve only realistically played international rugby consistently for four years, and only under three coaches. Eddie’s come in now, it’s a new perspective.

The guy’s been around for so many years and has worked with so many great players it’s exciting to see what we can continue to learn from him. It’s exciting to think I’ve got so much more to come before I hit my peak.