KEVIN Brown says his tough start to life at Wolves makes him more determined to enjoy Saturday’s Rugby League World Cup Final.

Brown has been named in England’s starting line-up and will start at stand-off against Australia at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium.

It brings an up-and-down year to a memorable end for the 32-year-old, who had a mixed first year at The Wire after joining from neighbours Widnes Vikings prior to the 2017 season.

“It’s the biggest thing in my career by a mile,” Brown said.

“I’ve played in cup finals at club level, but to do it over here on a touring party is something else.

“The way I’ve done it personally as well, I’ve been out of the fold and had a tough year at Warrington, makes it even more special.

“I took a bit of stick when I got picked and I’ve done it the hard way.

“When you get that chance, you’re always determined to take it.”

Brown, who was left out for the England’s first two tournament games, took his chance with an impressive performance against France in the final Pool A game.

Wayne Bennett’s side have improved in terms of performance since Brown was brought in to partner Luke Gale in the halves, with Gareth Widdop moving to full-back.

He was part of the team which held on for a thrilling 20-18 victory over Tonga in Saturday’s semi final in Auckland, a game in which England were 20-0 up with seven minutes remaining.

Brown says that was England’s best performance of the tournament so far, but the former Wigan and Huddersfield man knows they will have to step up again if they are to take down hosts, defending champions and red-hot favourites Australia in the final.

“It’s clear to see we’re getting better every game,” he said.

“Defensively, I think we’ve been fantastic all tournament.

“It was a big relief to get to the final. People thought we were massive favourites against Tonga but I don’t think they were.

“I wouldn’t say it was a complete 80-minute performance, but it was a lot closer than we have been.

“We know, though, that we’re going to have to play perfect rugby for 80 minutes if we’re going to win on Saturday.

“We’re going to have to go up a level. We’re definitely underdogs but it’s a proud moment and one I’m going to enjoy.”