Mike Brown edges Brian O’Driscoll to win Player of the Tournament
Published 21/03/2014 | 14:49
England may have missed out on the 2014 Six Nations, but a crumb of consolation will be the news that full-back Mike Brown has been voted the Player of the Tournament.
The Harlequins number 15 was in sparkling form throughout the competition, following on from the Autumn internationals where he was named the player of the series.
He notched his first international try against France and also touched down against Scotland, Ireland and Italy and picked up three man-of-the-match awards.
Brown took 34 per cent of the votes to finish ahead of record-breaker Brian O’Driscoll, who finished with 28 per cent of the public votes.
“I'm extremely grateful and proud to win this award, particularly as it's decided by the supporters,” Brown said.
“It was disappointing not to win the tournament overall but congratulations to Ireland, and I'm sure we'll come back stronger next season.”
The 16 man shortlist was decided through match statistics, analysing the best performing players across a set range of criteria in this year's RBS 6 Nations. The public then had 48 hours to vote for their RBS Player of the Championship.
According to match statistics Brown scored four tries for England, had 65 carries, beat 25 defenders, whilst conceding no penalties and gaining over 540 meters.
Brown was the only non-Irishman in the top five, with Andrew Trimble in third (10 per cent), Jonathan Sexton in fourth (5 per cent) and Rob Kearnery in fifth place.
Players at every RBS 6 Nations match this year were awarded (or deducted) points based upon a number of different performance categories which cover all aspects of the game. These categories were proportionately weighted based on the different positions by an algorithm created by RBS and Accenture.