Six Nations 2014: Mike Brown named player of the championship

Six Nations 2014: England full-back Mike Brown is named player of the championship after a series of eye-catching performances

Mike Brown has seen off retiring Ireland legend Brian O’Driscoll to land the coveted player of the championship award for the 2014 Six Nations.

The England full-back, who scored four tries in this year’s championship and picked up three man-of-the-match awards, secured 34.3 per cent (23,408) of the votes compared to O’Driscoll’s 28.5 per cent (19,496).

I’m extremely grateful and proud to win this award

Mike Brown

Widely regarded by players, coaches and pundits as the stand-out player of the championship for a campaign which also saw him make 65 carries, beat 25 defenders, concede no penalties and gain over 540 metres, Brown succeeds Wales full-back Leigh Halfpenny in picking up the accolade.

O’Driscoll won the award in 2006, 2007, and 2009 – the last time Ireland won the championship.

“I’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who voted for me to be Six Nations Player of the Championship,” Brown said. “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.”

More than 68,241 people voted on the 16-man shortlist, which included England half-backs Danny Care and Owen Farrell, Wales number 8 Taulupe Faletau, captain Sam Warburton and centre Jamie Roberts, Ireland’s Jonny Sexton, Rob Kearney and David Trimble, and Scotland’s Dave Denton.

The shortlist, decided through match statistics, analysed the best performing players across a set range of criteria in this year’s championship before the 48-hour public vote.

Voting Breakdown

BROWN, MIKE (England) 23,408 34.30
O’DRISCOLL, BRIAN (Ireland) 19,496 28.57
TRIMBLE, ANDREW (Ireland) 7,035 10.31
SEXTON, JONATHAN (Ireland) 3,467 5.08
KEARNEY, ROB (Ireland) 2,885 4.23
DENTON, DAVID (Scotland) 2,637 3.86
CARE, DANNY (England) 1,640 2.40
WARBURTON, SAM (Wales) 1,451 2.13
GHIRALDINI, LEONARDO (Italy) 1,160 1.70
FALETAU, TAULUPE (Wales) 1,036 1.52
HEALY, CIAN (Ireland) 1,026 1.50
HUGET, YOANN (France) 864 1.27
FARRELL, OWEN (England) 860 1.26
HEASLIP, JAMIE (Ireland) 435 0.64
ROBSHAW, CHRIS (England) 434 0.64
DULIN, BRICE (France) 407 0.60

Total Votes: 68,241

Player of the Championship – previous winners

2013 – Leigh Halfpenny
2012 – Dan Lydiate
2011 – Andrea Masi
2010 – Tommy Bowe
2009 – Brian O’Driscoll
2008 – Shane Williams
2007 – Brian O’Driscoll
2006 – Brian O’Driscoll

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