- England full back lands top award
- Ireland's Brian O'Driscoll comes second
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England full back Mike Brown has been named RBS 6 Nations Player of the Championship to cap a superb tournament.
The Harlequin secured over 34 per cent of the public vote, with 23,408 people backing England’s number 15 from the 68,000 who voted.
The 16-man shortlist was decided through match statistics, analysing the best performing players across a set range of criteria in this year’s competition. The public then had 48 hours to vote for their RBS Player of the Championship.
Ireland’s Brian O’Driscoll came in a close second with 28 per cent of the vote, after his 14-year international career came to an end on a high with Ireland being crowned the 2014 RBS 6 Nations Champions.
Brown scored four tries for England, beat 25 defenders from 65 carries and gained over 540 metres.
He commented: “I’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who voted for me to be RBS 6 Nations Player of the Championship. I’m extremely grateful and proud to win this award, particularly as it’s decided by the supporters.
“It was disappointing not to win the tournament overall but congratulations to Ireland, and I’m sure we’ll come back stronger next season.
“Finally a big thank you to all my team mates, backroom staff, and coaches for all the help they’ve given me through the tournament. I couldn’t perform on the field without them and it’s great to have that support.”
England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster added: “Congratulations to Mike for winning this accolade. He’s been consistently strong for us throughout the competition and put in some outstanding performances.
“I am very proud of what Mike and the whole squad – players, coaches and management – have achieved this RBS 6 Nations. We are really looking forward to building on this as we head to New Zealand in the summer for our tour.”