Six Nations: Mike Brown says losing to France in Paris 'was extremely painful'

Last Updated: 15/02/14 8:26am

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Mike Brown: You learn more from losing than winning

Mike Brown: You learn more from losing than winning

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Mike Brown admits that England's defeat in France two weeks ago was painful but says 'you learn more from losing than winning.'

Gael Fickou's late try in Paris denied England any chance of claiming the Grand Slam in this year's Six Nations Championship, although they are still in decent shape to lift the title after responding to that initial setback with a win over Scotland.

England's next match is against Ireland who will arrive at Twickenham with two victories from as many matches.

And regarding England's current campaign, winger Brown says: "I do enjoy the wins, obviously, but I remember the losses more.

"I want to win every game but losing hurts a lot. Whenever you lose it's a bad memory, a scar you want to put right.

"It's like we felt after losing to France two weeks ago - we wanted to put it

right against Scotland.

"For me a loss is a loss. I just hate losing, so losing anywhere is not right.

"It's about how you react to those losses that defines you as a team. It's about learning from those experiences, good and bad.

"Some defeats really stand out - like that France game. It was massively frustrating to lose in the way we did.

"Giving them two tries and a head start like we did. It was the same against New Zealand last autumn. Things like that niggle away at you.

"You seem to look at the little mistakes you make before you look at the good stuff you did. Losses definitely niggle away at you."

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