Brown talks up skipper
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Full-back Mike Brown insists that he could always tell team-mate Chris Robshaw had what it takes to lead out the England side.
The two Harlequins players have known each other for some time after playing together in the club's academy and Brown believes that it has always been clear his team-mate would go on to big things.
After a top performance from the flanker in England's 12-6 victory over Ireland at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Sunday, the 27-year-old expects the real test to come when they take on France.
England are the only side still in with a chance of securing the Grand Slam following wins over Ireland and Scotland.
But Brown feels that although France are yet to pick up a win in this year's Six Nations, they will be hungry to cause an upset.
"Chris has stayed the same person, even with the captaincy. He still works hard and is a brilliant leader and does for England exactly what he does for Quins," he said.
"When we were in the academy we were asked who would we pick as a future captain and we all chose Chris. Now he's England captain.
"France haven't had the best of starts, but they're a brilliant team who on their day can beat anyone in the world."