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Ex-England full-back Brown aims to make a return after trial at Tigers

Ex-England full-back Mike Brown aims to make a dramatic return to the Premiership after trial at Leicester Tigers… as he looks to seal first move since leaving Newcastle last season

  • Ex-England full-back Mike Brown is on the verge of a dramatic career comeback
  • Brown has been on trial at Premiership champions Leicester Tigers recently
  • The 37-year-old hasn’t played at the top level since exiting Newcastle last season 

Former England full-back Mike Brown is on trial at Premiership champions Leicester as he looks to seal a dramatic return to professional rugby.

Brown won 72 England caps but has not played at the top level since leaving Newcastle at the end of last season.

When he failed to secure a Premiership contract for the current campaign, it was assumed Brown had retired — but at the age of 37, he still has the desire to return.

Former England full-back Mike Brown is set to make a sensational return to Premiership rugby

Sportsmail has learned Brown is training with the Tigers, who are soon to be light on full-backs due to Freddie Steward’s selection for England and Freddie Burns’ impending move to Highlanders next month.

Leicester have been through a tumultuous period since December, one which began with losing their former head coach Steve Borthwick to England.

Richard Wigglesworth stepped up to succeed Borthwick and retired from playing, but he took over a squad with a number of injuries.

There are also seven Tigers – including first-choice full-back Freddie Steward – in England’s squad preparing for the Six Nations.

Brown (right) has not competed at the top level since leaving Newcastle Falcons last season

Wigglesworth will also see Freddie Burns – the drop goal hero from last season’s Premiership final win over Saracens – move to New Zealand next month for a stint with the Highlanders.

It means that without Steward and Burns, Leicester are light at full-back which is Brown’s favoured position.

Brown would undoubtedly provide Wigglesworth with a great deal of experience and despite not playing professional rugby this season, he has been keeping himself in good physical condition.

The short-term trial agreement allows Leicester and interim coach Wigglesworth to cast their eye over Brown before making any decision on a possible longer deal.




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