Mike Brown

France v England - International Match
Nationality: English
Date of Birth: 4 September 1985 (29)
Height: 6ft 0in
Weight: 14st
Team: Harlequins

Brown started playing rugby at the age of eight, progressing up the grades at Salisbury RFC, then on to a sixth form team at Peter Symonds College before joining the Harlequins Academy in 2002 at the age of 17.

He made his first XV debut on the wing against the Doncaster Knights during the 2005-06 season and has played for Harlequins ever since, helping them to win the Aviva Premiership in 2012 and scoring 12 tries over the season.

Internationally, Brown made his Test debut in 2007 on tour against South Africa, unfortunately picking up an injury that denied him any game time over the rest of the tour.

The start of Lancaster’s reign as head coach in 2012 signalled Brown’s return as an England regular. Although not selected ahead of Ben Foden as starting full back for the 2012 Six Nations, he did receive game time for three matches at full back and wing.

Brown’s chance to shine came in the 2012 autumn internationals, where he started at wing in two games, including the 38-21 win over New Zealand.

He continued his rise in the estimations of the England coaches over 2013, starting all five RBS 6 Nations games on the wing. The team missed out on the championship, Wales taking the title.

England’s tour of Argentina in summer 2013 saw the evolution of Brown from England’s first-choice wing to first-choice full-back. This was cemented in the following autumn internationals series and 2014 Six Nations, were he started at full-back for every game. His four tries over the tournament and stellar defensive work saw him voted the 2014 RBS 6 Nations Player of the Championship.

Brown picked up a concussion during the 2015 Six Nations which saw him out of the game for five months. He rejoined the England team for their warm-up loss against France on 22 August 2015. Although the team as a whole were derided for their lack of organisation, Brown showed flashes of brilliance, particularly in a try-saving catch in the first 15 minutes of the game.

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