- Brown lands award ahead of Vunipola and Launchbury
- George Ford honoured for impressive campaign with Bath Rugby
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Mike Brown was named England Player of the Year at last night’s RPA Awards Dinner, adding another accolade to cap his superb season.
After already scooping the RBS 6 Nations Player of the Championship, Aviva Premiership Player of the Season and QBE Man of the Series awards, the Harlequins full back held off competition from fellow nominees Joe Launchbury and Billy Vunipola to clinch his latest gong, voted for by his international teammates.
A talismanic presence for Stuart Lancaster’s side during both November’s QBE Internationals and the recent RBS 6 Nations, Brown has been simply outstanding in attack and defence.
His brace of tries against Italy underlined a superb year in the white shirt, and he will now turn his attentions to June’s Test series in New Zealand.
Brown also came in third in the Aviva Premiership players’ player of the year, which was won by Leicester Tigers wing Vereniki Goneva after a campaign that included 12 tries in 18 appearances.
Bath Rugby fly half George Ford was voted young player of the year, while Tom Mitchell took the honours for England Sevens. Rotherham centre Juan Pablo Socino was voted Greene King IPA Championship Player of the Season.