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Brown's 'Schmeichel' tribute

Manchester United fan Mike Brown's spectacular diving catch in England's Six Nations win over Ireland was the result of a training-ground game named after Peter Schmeichel.

The full-back pulled a low Brian O'Driscoll kick from the air in a piece of athleticism described by Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt as the game's defensive highlight.

Brown, who was named as man of the match for his part in a gripping 13-10 Twickenham victory, revealed the skill, more suited to a goalkeeper, were fine-tuned on the paddock with Harlequins team-mate and Liverpool fan Danny Care.

"Myself and Danny play a game when we are warming up at Quins," Brown said.

"We call it Schmeichel, after the great Peter Schmeichel, where we just blast balls at each other to see if we can save them.

"I'm the last line of defence. I have to do everything I can to make sure the ball doesn't go behind me because I know we're in a bit of strife if it does."

Attacking threat

Brown put in an outstanding performance in the three-point win, which ended Ireland's hopes of completing a Grand Slam and has left four teams locked on four points in the Six Nations table.

The 26-year-old was the stand-out player in the autumn internationals and has added an extra attacking dimension to England's play since then.

"Mike brings another string to our bow attack-wise. His ability to beat the first defender is exceptional. He did it from minute one against Ireland," head coach Stuart Lancaster said.

"Now he's also a bigger attacking threat in the final third. He's always secure under the high ball and is the last line of defence.

"It's not often you win man of the match two weeks running but he has done it.

"His competitiveness is a trademark of his and that is a trait we want in the team."