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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Mike Brown named Aviva Premiership Player of the Month for December

Harlequins' Mike Brown has been voted the Aviva Premiership Player of the Month for December. Brown has been in fantastic form, making the decision easy for the panel of rugby media that included writers, broadcasters, and photographers.

"Mike has reinvented himself this year and turned himself into a world class player who we believe will deservedly make his Test debut in this year's RBS 6 Nations," said Paul Morgan.

"He exemplifies the reasons why Harlequins sit on top of the Aviva Premiership Rugby table and the award is our way or showing how impressed we have been with Mike's form."

Would you stick with Ben Foden for England, or give Brown a lengthy Six Nations opportunity?

Posted by Rugbydump at 1:27 pm | View Comments (12)

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SpencaH January 18, 2012 3:33 pm

Nope, you're not first, twat!

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SpencaH January 18, 2012 3:35 pm

Was an easy decision this month though, some solid lines and just sensible play by the man, England pick during 6 nations? Hmmmm...

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Philo1403 January 18, 2012 4:26 pm

Great player. He's been consistently good for a while. Currently playing better than Foden, but international exp will probably come out on top. Hope to see him on the bench at least..

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Matthew January 18, 2012 5:47 pm

Have you seen Foden in recent games (ie, last month or so). I'd admit that Brown was probably playing better than Foden before that, but Foden has stepped up and been playing out of his skin in recent games. Including one against Quins.

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nathan January 18, 2012 6:54 pm

Great player (hopefully he's got past his angry stage), but i'd still go with Foden at fullback for the 6 nations.

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stroudos January 18, 2012 7:07 pm

Brown's been playing superbly and deserves his chance with England, but I haven't seen Foden put a single foot wrong, including outplaying Brown in the Quins v Saints game. Foden should definitely be England's starting full-back but I'd like to see Brown given some game time - important to have cover, what if Foden got injured etc.

England are actually quite lucky with fullbacks: Foden and Brown are 1st class, also Alex Goode is showing huge potential at Saracens - thought he was fantastic against Biarritz the other day. And if all those three got injured we could use the penalty liability that is Delon Armitage.

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Lars January 18, 2012 7:23 pm

I think brown should definitely be an england player, though probably from the bench at the moment due to foden's form. if nothing else, the threat of loosing his place should spur foden on to perform at his very best, and brown's skill could be very handy against tired legs in the second half

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ruckinmaul January 18, 2012 7:23 pm

mike brown and nick abendanon always been one of my favourite uncapped english player.

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stroudos January 20, 2012 8:31 am

Yeah, good point, forgot about "Bendy" - who, by the way, has 2 England caps, if you'll pardon the pedantry. Surprised he hasn't had more.

England do seem spoilt for choice at full back - maybe one of them can re-train as an openside........

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BarryT January 19, 2012 12:25 am

foden at fullback, brown possibly on the wing? or vice versa?

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jumping04 January 19, 2012 2:41 am

No reason to dislodge Foden. Quins vs Saints was massive in terms of seeing the fullbacks play against each other and Foden definitely came off looking better. Also gave a man of the match masterclass vs Scarlets. Can't think of a game internationally which finished with pundits and fans a like saying "eek... Foden really wasn't up to it today. He was the weak link in the game". He has scored a few important tries internationally too.

England are blessed in that they have a fullback as good as Brown in reserve in case things were to go wrong with Foden. With Alex Goode coming on well and Ben Ransom being strong in the U20s last year, England can say they have depth at fullback. Bet they wish they could say the same of their back row...

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Rod April 20, 2014 11:49 am

Hindsight, eh?

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