|Weight||89kg (14st 0lb)|
Playing for England Saxons gave Mike Brown the platform to win 24 caps so far, including three in South Africa from 2007 to date. Only 24 hours after the first Test against the Springboks in Durban in June 2012 he was ruled out of the tour through a fracture and ligament damage to his right thumb sustained when he attempted to prevent South Africa’s second try by Jean de Villiers.
Mike played against the Springboks at Bloemfontein and Pretoria seven years ago on his first senior tour and against New Zealand at Auckland the following summer. He won seven caps on the wing from late November 2012 to March 2013 before reverting to full back on the summer tour of South America. That illustrated not only his versatility but his drive and resourcefulness.
His sharp eye for a gap brought his maiden Test try against France at Stade de France in February this year and a second against Scotland in the 20-0 win the following week. He was man of the match in that game at Murrayfield and he made 114 metres – more than any other player on either side. Mike repeated those twin achievements against Ireland at the end of that month and gained 88 metres to help his side to a 13-10 win.
He had impressed for the Saxons a few months before his initial international call. Four years on from then, he scored a try for the side in the 45-17 victory over Italy A at Worcester and added two against the USA in the Churchill Cup match in June 2011. That May, he became an Amlin Challenge Cup winner when Harlequins beat Stade Français 19-18 in Cardiff and was also voted the club’s players’ player of the season. His latest accolades include being the man of the match award when England beat Australia 20-13 at Twickenham last November and he was player of the series in the 2013 QBE Internationals.
Mike had been in prime form in 2011-12, helping Harlequins to win the Premiership title for the first time and scoring 12 tries in his first 27 matches that included five in six Heineken Cup games.
Between his Test caps, Mike was ever-present in 2007-08 for Harlequins in the Premiership, having more game time than any other player in the league. He showed his maturity, appeared in 30 matches that season and missed only two games.
He had been a member of the England U21 squad that achieved a Grand Slam in 2006, having been born in Southampton and educated at Peter Symonds College in Winchester and Wyvern College, Salisbury.
Mike joined the local club’s U8 team, represented Dorset & Wiltshire from U14-U18, the South West U18 and Hampshire U20. He became a Harlequins Academy member in 2002-03 and later established himself as a regular choice for their A League team.
A try-scorer on his 19-minute senior debut against Doncaster Knights in October 2005, he started his first match against Coventry the following week. That season, he ran in seven tries in 13 National One games. He was the club’s young player of the year in 2005-06 and their player of the year the following season. By the end of February this year, Mike had amassed a remarkable 72 tries in his 223 appearances.
10 points – 2T
2007 SA(1,2) 2008 NZ(1) 2012 S(R), W(R), I(R), SA(1), Fj(R), A(R), SA, NZ 2013 S, I, F, It, W, Arg(1,2), A, Arg, NZ 2014 F, I
Last updated: February 27, 2014