After starring in England's win over New Zealand, full-back Brown has his eye on Quins glory

First published in Sport Wandsworth Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Sports editor

Harlequins full-back Mike Brown has insisted a successful defence of the club’s Premiership crown and glory in Europe are realistic targets.

The 27-year-old starred as England notched only their seventh win over New Zealand in history with a 38-21 triumph at Twickenham last Saturday.

Skipper Chris Robshaw’s men delivered an extraordinary record-breaking performance, but it will probably be a case of getting straight back to European action with Quins for Brown this weekend when the side travel to Italy to face Zebre.

While Brown admitted it was just another game to director of rugby Conor O’Shea’s men, the England winger reckoned wins over Biarritz and Connacht have given Quins a golden opportunity to now reach the quarter-finals.

And what’s more, the Stoop outfit have the squad to launch a consistent challenge on both domestic and European fronts this term.

Brown said: “We take each game as it comes, but if you do get out of the group stages it is a massive confidence booster.

“Previous seasons, we haven’t had the consistency because maybe we’ve just been concentrating on the Premiership.

“But now we have such a good squad maybe we can manage both.

“All the boys are pushing each other in every position and we’re looking to really push on in the Heineken Cup.

“We’ve made a brilliant start, but there is still lots to work on. Biarritz away is going to be massively tough and Connacht at home is equally tough.

“There are still some massive games to go, but we cannot have asked for better from the first two games.”

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