Gus­tard hails his Eng­land out­casts

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ENG­LAND’S loss is Har­lequins’ gain as far as full-back Mike Brown is con­cerned.

“He was ex­cep­tional,” said Quins supremo Paul Gus­tard. “I thought Danny Care and Mike had lots of nice in­ter­play and Mike is al­ways very con­trolled un­der the high ball and dan­ger­ous on counter-at­tack.

“He broke tack­les, got pres­sure over the ball and his de­sire and com­pet­i­tive­ness is there. He’s a 70-cap player – if Eng­land don’t want him, he’s a great ad­di­tion for us.”

Two other Eng­land hope­fuls to im­press were Jack Clif­ford and Nathan Earle. Gus­tard added: “Jack was out­stand­ing. The amount of work he got through, the tough car­ries off No.9 and the amount of tack­les he made, was ex­cep­tional.

“Nathan’s had a good nine games for us in the Prem now; he’s big, quick, car­ries well in traf­fic and de­fen­sively he’s solid. He can fin­ish tries as well.”

Ex­eter boss Rob Baxter re­flected: “If you’re go­ing to lose, get­ting two points is the best out­come. I was pleased with the fight but we made mul­ti­ple er­rors. We’ll use this to re­fo­cus ahead of two huge Heineken Cup games against Glouces­ter.”

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