Mike Brown: England full-back close to full recovery

Mike Brown
Brown earned his first full England cap in the record 58-10 defeat to South Africa in 2007
Six Nations 2015: England v Scotland
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England full-back Mike Brown is set to train on Friday and could face Scotland in the Six Nations on 14 March, says head coach Stuart Lancaster.

The Harlequins player, 29, suffered concussion in a clash of heads in the 47-17 win over Italy and missed Sunday's 19-9 defeat in Dublin.

"He's got to tick the final box tomorrow but he's feeling back to 100%," said Lancaster.

Tom Wood, Geoff Parling, Courtney Lawes and Brad Barritt are also fit again.

Alex Goode deputised for Brown at the Aviva Stadium and while he was one of England's better players overall, he was out-jumped by Robbie Henshaw for the Ireland centre's crucial try.

Goode will play for Saracens at Wasps on Sunday, one of several players involved in last weekend's England squad to return to club action, before Lancaster decides on his full-back for the Scotland game.

England's head coach added: "Both Mike and Alex will compete for that 15 shirt next week."

Lancaster on... injuries

Lancaster revealed Northampton back Luther Burrell has a calf problem and will rest this week to ensure he is fit to face Vern Cotter's side.

But England's injury problems are otherwise easing and Lancaster believes those not enjoying much game time last weekend will benefit from playing for their clubs sides this weekend.

"It (the injury situation) is not too bad really," Lancaster said.

"We've got inside centre Luther Burrell with a bit of a calf strain so he's not training this week.

Luther Burrell
Luther Burrell has formed a promising partnership with Jonathan Joseph in the Six Nations

"The majority of the bench players and non-match day 23 will be released back to their clubs over the next 24 hours and be available for this weekend's Premiership games.

"These include those who have been long-term injuries - Tom Wood, Geoff Parling, Courtney Lawes and Brad Barritt, and, of course, Mike Brown - (who are) now all back fit and available, so giving us more to choose from."

"We feel they will benefit from some game time and to put themselves in contention for the Scotland match."

Lancaster on... reacting to defeat

Lancaster admits the defeat in Dublin was a significant blow, but wants his side to retain their belief and emulate recent examples of other teams who have reacted well after suffering setbacks.

He added: "There is still a lot to play out. I said to the players two days ago 'this time last year, Ireland lost against us in the third game and were probably feeling like we feel, and they went on to beat Italy and France and ended up with a championship medal around their necks'.

"It is hugely disappointing to lose any game but New Zealand lost the last two warm-up games leading into the World Cup then won it. France lost in the pool stages and got to the final. It's how you react to a defeat and making sure you don't panic or lose belief in what you're doing."

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