Mike Brown wins Premiership player of the year

England and Harlequins fullback Mike Brown has been named Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Season at the Aviva Premiership Rugby Awards

Brown has enjoyed a breakthrough season for both Harlequins and England and was acclaimed by his Director of Rugby, Conor O’Shea, as “a model of consistency, and also a match winner.”

The Harlequins man beat a stellar list of Aviva Premiership Rugby players to the award. He was joined on the shortlist by Vereniki Goneva (Leicester Tigers); Samu Manoa (Northampton Saints); Chris Pennell (Worcester Warriors); Jacques Burger (Saracens) and Dan Braid (Sale Sharks).

O’Shea said: “It’s a thoroughly deserved award. Both for club and country this season Mike has been a model of consistency, and also a match winner.

“He’s a game breaker that changes the course of a match – no-one else has done it on a consistent level in the northern hemisphere this year, but him.

“He won the RBS 6 Nations Player of the Championships, Man of the Series in the Autumn Internationals and now quite rightly the Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Year.”

Mike Brown Statistics:

-26 England caps 2007-2014
-Debut in the Premiership Rugby A League in December 2003
-Premiership Rugby debut: Harlequins v London Irish at Twickenham on 2 September 2006
-153 Premiership Rugby games (all starts), 48 tries, 244 points
-Won the Aviva Premiership with Harlequins in 2012 and the Amlin Challenge Cup in 2011

The Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Season award wasn’t Brown’s only accolade from the Aviva Premiership Rugby Awards as he was selected in the BT Sport Dream Team which was, for the first time, picked by BT Sport’s on-air team of Martin Bayfield, Lawrence Dallaglio, Matt Dawson, Jill Douglas, Craig Doyle, Sarra Elgan, Alastair Eykyn, Austin Healey, Ben Kay, and Nick Mullins.

The full team is: Mike Brown (Harlequins); Semesa Rokoduguni (Bath Rugby); Luther Burrell (Northampton Saints), Kyle Eastmond (Bath Rugby), Vereniki Goneva (Leicester Tigers); Stephen Myler (Northampton Saints), Danny Care (Harlequins); Joe Marler (Harlequins), Dave Ward (Harlequins), Logovi’i Mulipola (Leicester Tigers), Samu Manoa (Northampton Saints), Michael Paterson (Sale Sharks), Dan Braid (Sale Sharks), Jacques Burger (Saracens), and Billy Vunipola (Saracens). No player makes the team for the second successive season.

Meanwhile the Land Rover Discovery of the Season award, presented to the best player aged 23 years or under was won by Saracens No 8 Billy Vunipola.

In the space of a year Vunipola has developed from exciting young prospect to a hugely influential figure for club and country.

Since making his debut against Argentina last summer, his ball-carrying rampages have helped propel Saracens to the top of the Aviva Premiership Rugby table and an appearance in the Heineken Cup Final.

The final major award, the Guinness Director of Rugby of the Season, was presented to Mark McCall, who steered his Saracens team to the top of the Aviva Premiership Rugby table, before they made the Heineken Cup Final for the first time in their history.

McCall took the award for the second successive year as his side amassed 87 points, more than any side in the history of the Premiership.
Saracens Premiership Rugby record under McCall (P80, W64, D2, L14) ensures he has the best ever coach’s winning percentage in the history of the tournament (80%).

The ITV Sport Try of the Season went to Northampton Saints’ wing Jamie Elliott who finished off a length of the field move against Gloucester Rugby, capitalising on an incredible run from his team-mate George North.

The Aviva Premiership Rugby Awards evening began with one of the most famous figures in Aviva Premiership Rugby, Worcester Warriors’ Dean Schofield, receiving the Aviva Community Player of the Season award. Schofield was recognised for his tireless wo

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