England full-back Mike Brown reveals he lost half a stone in single training session ahead of Rugby World Cup
- Mike Brown lost 3kg in a single session on England’s training camp in Italy
- The 80 per cent humidity levels in Treviso mirror World Cup conditions in Japan
- Brown revealed the amount of sweat released by players made handling difficult
- The 33-year-old is back in contention to be selected in Eddie Jones’ squad
England full-back Mike Brown has revealed he lost half a stone in a single training session at the high intensity camp in Italy.
Eddie Jones has been putting his players through their paces in Treviso, where 80 per cent humidity levels have replicated World Cup conditions in Japan.
Players typically lose 1kg during an average Test match, but Brown shed 3kg in a single session where players have had to be sprayed with water to keep cool.
England full-back Mike Brown has revealed he lost half a stone in a single training session
‘As soon as you step outside, everyone starts sweating,’ said Brown, whose regular weight is 90kg. ‘You are absolutely dripping with sweat and that makes ball-handling very tough. And also, for your core temperature, it is hard to keep that low, because you are sweating all the time and it just sits on your skin and then heats up even more so you can’t get your body temperature down.
‘We weigh ourselves at the start of sessions and then after so you know how much weight you have lost. In our first really hard session here last Wednesday, I lost 3kg of weight. In England, I would probably barely lose any weight from a normal session in normal conditions.
‘After a Test match, I would probably lose a maximum of 1kg. And that’s playing at the highest level under massive fatigue. So that puts it into perspective of the weight loss that you can get over here.’
Brown says the humid conditions made handling difficult on the training camp in Italy
Despite being one of the most experienced members of Eddie Jones’ squad, Brown’s World Cup hopes were in jeopardy when he was left out of the initial training squad.
However, he earned a recall for the second week of training – and is now targeting a place in the final 31-man squad.
‘We are all competitive animals so we’d be disappointed and we’d be lying if we didn’t say we were disappointed if we weren’t named,’ said Brown.
‘I absolutely love playing for England, it means everything to me. I have been back in for the last three weeks, training as hard as possible to offer competition for places and also to make sure the team, whoever Eddie picks, is in the best place possible.’