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Mike Brown's trust in England team-mates 'completely shot'

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Mike Brown has been so angered by leaked stories from England's dreadful World Cup campaign that he says he cannot trust any of his international team-mates.

The fallout from England's pool stage exit on home soil continues to fester, with coach Stuart Lancaster coming in for criticism from anonymous members within the squad during and after the tournament.

However, it is the story - being investigated by the Rugby Football Union - that kit man Dave Tennison allegedly urged some England players to buy shares which subsequently plummeted in value that has particularly irked Brown.

The Harlequins full-back told the Daily Telegraph: "There has been a story at the weekend which is absolutely ridiculous so the trust has gone now as far as I am concerned.

"I don't think anyone was good enough in an England shirt to be piping up saying: 'This was wrong, that was wrong' and that sort of thing. If they are going to say something, I think they should put their name to it.

"That is going to make it even more difficult when we (the England squad) do meet up because I think the trust has been, as you can imagine, completely shot now.

"But it will come out who it was at the end of the day so it will be interesting when it does because I will be one of the first people to speak to them."

While Lancaster's future is under review, Brown believes whoever takes charge for England's next assignment - next year's Six Nations Championship - needs to make reconciling the squad a key priority.

"It is going to be hard for me to call anyone team-mates until we meet up," he added. "Everything good is built on trust. Everything good at Harlequins is built on trust.

"There is no trust (with England) now, as far as I am concerned. But it will all get sorted out with whoever is in charge or whoever is there. It will get sorted out, to move the team forwards, it always does in team environments."

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