Mike Brown believes England will be too powerful for Wales on Saturday, describing the prospect of losing to them at Twickenham as “unthinkable”.
Brown says Wales will not be able to match the English pack, predicting a home win in the vital Six Nations encounter.
Whichever side loses will see their title hopes ended, and Brown is confident that won’t be Eddie Jones’ men.
He had already previously thrown down the gauntlet by claiming not a single member of the Wales side would get into England’s XV.
“I just think the English forwards will dominate the Welsh forwards, with all due respect. I just think they have got too much up front,” he told the ‘BBC Scrum V’ podcast.
“I think they will be too strong and too powerful up front and I think that will help them get the ball they need to release those outside backs.
“Losing to Wales is just unthinkable as an English player because of the rivalry. It was for me anyway and I’m sure the other players feel the same. Especially at home as well. You don’t want to lose at home. I’ve done that before and it’s not a good feeling losing to Wales at Twickenham.
“I think the Twickenham factor is a huge one. Wales are a different beast away from the Principality and they don’t have that crowd to give them energy and lift them, so that will be in England’s favour.”