Six Nations

Brown: Identity of England captain not important

England full-back Mike Brown says the identity of England's next captain should not carry too much importance due to the experience at Eddie Jones' disposal.

Chris Robshaw's tenure as skipper could come to an end following England's dismal Rugby World Cup exit and the departure of Stuart Lancaster, with the likes of Dylan Hartley, Joe Launchbury and Brown reportedly in contention to take over under the new coach.

Robshaw meanwhile could yet be retained following some good recent form with Harlequins.

However, Brown feels having experience on the pitch is more important than looking to one man to lead the way.

"I think it's massively important for us as a squad that we have a good amount of leaders on the field on a match day," he told Omnisport. 

"I don't think there can just be one leader that is the captain; he needs a number of leaders around him to do that job and assist him on the field. 

"I think us more experienced players need to step up more and help out with whoever he [Jones] chooses as captain. 

"Hopefully we can give him a headache with a few of us putting our hands up, but that all starts in camp with whoever he chooses."

Jones named seven new faces in his first England squad on Wednesday, while there was a recall for Chris Ashton, but there was no place for Danny Cipriani. 

Mike Brown is a Land Rover ambassador and was speaking during a grassroots rugby training session with Locksheath RFC, as part Land Rover's 'We Deal In Real' campaign.