RUGBY UNION: Browne desperate to continue his winning streak

The Oxford Times: Pete Browne (right) competes at the line-out against Cornish Pirates last week Pete Browne (right) competes at the line-out against Cornish Pirates last week

Pete Browne has won trophies in each of his last three seasons and wants to keep that run going with London Welsh.

The former Harlequins lock has been a consistent feature in Welsh’s engine-room this campaign, apart from a six-week spell out injured.

And as the season builds towards a climax that the Exiles hope will mean promotion, Browne’s winning experience could prove key.

“In the three years I was at Quins, there was a cup won every year,” he said.

“Firstly the Amlin Challenge Cup, then the Premiership and last season the LV= Cup.

“Having a winning mentality is something that Justin wants everyone to have at this club.

“I believe that we are one of the best if not the best team in the Championship.”

Browne added: “There is a good bunch of boys here. We are totally united.

“We have definitely got each other’s backs and are pushing for each other in the right way.

“We want to get that promotion.”

Browne was one of head coach Justin Burnell’s first signings last summer.

Although he dropped down from a leading Premiership side to one seeking a return to the top flight, the 26-year-old is happy at the move.

“I’m really pleased to be playing a lot,” he said.

“I started the season well, but then had a foot injury and was out for six weeks, so I actually missed the Bedford game we lost.

“I am pleased that Justin is putting his faith in me.

“That’s why I came to London Welsh – I wanted to play.”

Welsh won their first nine league matches before losing 28-26 at Bedford on November 30.

With Bedford visiting the Kassam Stadium tomorrow, Browne admits that gives the Exiles an extra incentive to perform.

“Going to their place and losing our winning run was a lot down to our own performance,” he said.

“If we play to our potential and go through the tactics we have been working on, it should be a really good day.

“I definitely think we have got a lot more to come.

“As the ground hardens up, that will suit our style more.”

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