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Mike Brown gets 2014 RBS 6 Nations award


ENGLAND fullback Mike Brown has clinched the coveted RBS Player of the Championship award for the 2014 RBS 6 Nations, securing over 34% of the public’s vote. Over 68,000 people voted to have their say, with 23,408 backing England’s number 15. He pipped Brian O’Driscoll with Trimble, Sexton and Kearney, all Ireland players, in the runners-up positions
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.
Ireland’s Brian O’Driscoll came in a close second with 28% 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. Reflecting their achievement, fans voted O’Driscoll’s teammates in at 3rd place (Andrew Trimble with 10%), 4th place (Jonathan Sexton with 5%) and Rob Kearney in 5th place. Scotland’s David Denton came in at 6th and England’s Danny Care at 7th.
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.
Mike Brown 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.”
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, Official Technology Partner of the RBS 6 Nations.
Player Votes % of Vote
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
RBS 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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