Kieran Brookes: Newcastle prop wants to bring England intensity

Brookes buoyed by England form

England prop Kieran Brookes wants to carry the intensity of his autumn international experience into the Newcastle Falcons set-up.

Brookes played in all four games against southern hemisphere opposition, starting against the All Blacks.

The tight-head, 24, now has six caps for England under Stuart Lancaster.

"Training whilst I've been away was really intense, so to bring that into the sessions here is really good," Brookes told BBC Look North.

"I'm trying to go on to the pitch and be as intense as I can around the set-piece and around the field, I want to help out as much as I can.

"I just want a quick transition and getting back into the training with all the calls is the hardest thing.

Kieran Brookes
Brookes has six caps for England since his debut against the All Blacks in June 2014.

"But the lads are making it easy for me, retelling me the calls and I'm getting back into it."

Since returning to Kingston Park on an initial dual-registration basis from Leicester in March 2013, Brookes has established himself as one of the best English-qualified number threes in the Premiership.

He made his bow with the Red Rose in the summer tour of New Zealand, appearing in games two and three, and was retained for the Autumn series.

"I'm immensely proud," Brookes said.

"It was great to pull on the shirt and represent everyone back here, all my family back home and my friends, not to mention everyone else who has worn the shirt before me.

"I've played against all the guys previously throughout the year and I know how good they all are. To train with them has been quite special."

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