Mike Brown has defended himself after a heated altercation with a fan at the weekend

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It’s safe to say things got fairly heated after England’s 2-0 Test series defeat to South Africa at the weekend.

It was a lacklustre series for Eddie Jones’ side after losing their fifth straight Test, falling to a 23-12 defeat in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

However, the drama didn’t stop there as Harlequins duo Mike Brown and Joe Marler confronted an angry fan following the game.

The pair were both involved in the heated encounter, but the former has since come forward to defend his actions.

The confrontation was sparked after a fan was ‘screaming obscenities and saying you’re not trying’ to which Brown claimed, via BBC Sport, that he was bound to react in the way he did.

"I just told him to shut up basically," the 32-year-old added.

"You can call me whatever in terms of how I've played, that's fine. But don't turn around and say I'm not trying when I'm coming off with bumps and bruises and aching and I've given everything I can for England."

The confrontation wasn’t the only controversial incident that took place after the match as scrum-half Ben Youngs walked out of a televised interview.

Brown couldn’t speak for Marler as he missed his altercation with the fan, but claimed he was hurt by the words aimed his way.

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"I missed Marler's interaction with him, but as he walked off, I then got it off this so-called fan.

"He said something along the lines of, 'we're not trying hard enough'. Of course [it hurts] - you've seen how hard we train and how much we knock each other about, and what we go through for a whole season let alone just on tour.

"I'm not a robot, I'm a human being who puts it out there every week. I put my body on the line and try my best for my country.

"So when someone says something like that, I'm going to react. It was quite a reserved reaction for me I think. I'm very happy with it and the way I reacted in that circumstance."

It’s clear to see there is a very tense atmosphere amongst the England players and fans.

The next step for Brown and his teammates will be to put their recent woes behind them as they prepare to face South Africa again this Saturday.

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